August’s historic flooding in the Baton Rouge area has caused more than $2 billion in damage to businesses, including many electrical contractors, and the National Electrical Contractors Association has a way for you to help.
The NECA Disaster Relief Fund (NECA Cares) was established in 2005 after the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, the fund has been used to help NECA assist others in their community with safe power restoration and rebuilding.
Louisiana’s state economic development agency, known as LED, commissioned a damage assessment and released the findings last week, the Associated Press reported. More than 6,000 businesses in 22 parishes including electrical contractors were damaged by floodwaters.
LED estimates that nearly 20,000 businesses' operations were interrupted, the AP added. The agency said about 278,000 Louisiana residents couldn't work at the peak of the flooding because of office closures, business operation suspensions, transportation problems or other disruptions.
Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration said the flooding caused at least $8.7 billion in damage to residential and commercial property, an estimate that is expected to grow larger when public property damages are tallied, according to the AP. Edwards is asking Congress for $2 billion in additional disaster aid, on top of other federal assistance programs
You can contribute to the NECA Disaster Relief Fund in two ways:
- Post a check to ELECTRI International, 3 Bethesda Metro Center, Suite 1100, Bethesda, MD 20814, and include “NECA Disaster Relief Fund” in the notes section of the check;
- Call 301-215-4548 to make a contribution via credit card.
Requesting Assistance from the Fund:
To request assistance from the NECA Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.electri.org/content/neca-disaster-relief-fund to indicate your specific needs. Contractors with offers of support in addition to monetary contributions can share this information at the link as well.
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All contributions made to ELECTRI International for the NECA Disaster Relief Fund are fully tax deductible. ELECTRI International -- The Foundation for Electrical Construction, Inc. is a tax-exempt and publicly supported 501(c)(3) organization. As no goods or services will be provided in return for charitable contributions, a contribution through ELECTRI is fully tax deductible.
About NECA: NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S. NECA contractors help customers achieve their goals for energy conservation, efficiency and renewable power. NECA’s national office and 119 local chapters advance the industry through advocacy, education, research and standards development. For more information, visit www.necanet.org.