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ABOUT

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About Cajun Navy

Ground Force Disaster Response trains professional citizens with vital skills to protect and stabilize elderly and disabled citizens living in natural disaster impact zones by embedding into impacted communities for extended periods of time.
 
A trained core team manages large numbers of professional volunteers with existing vital skills to provide a full range of physical and emotional care.
 
From the ground, we use a data driven approach to establish a safe location, called SAFE Camp, in order to provide fast supply distribution and serve as a base of community care operations. We assess needs, then we quickly scale our efforts by utilizing social technologies to connect with and train professional citizens with untapped potential to join us in long-term sustainable rotating shifts to creatively assist the most vulnerable populations.
 
Our teams consist of citizens with vital skills and untapped potential who have backgrounds in media and journalism, disaster management, social media influence, technology and systems, home repair, tree and debris removal, medical and mental health, incident command, first responders, nonprofit partners and FEMA training. We work with local community partners to build a coordinated program for full lifecycle case management for vulnerable populations beginning on day one in order to protect and stabilize vulnerable populations.
 
Our core staff persistently seeks to deliver a quality experience for volunteers and to increase service capacity for our five core programs.
 
  1. Media and Reporting
  2. Community Caretaking
  3. SAFE Camp
  4. Remote Team
  5. Leader Training

OUR VISION

Our vision is to be a data-driven action oriented 501c3 non-profit that swiftly intervenes to protect and stabilize elderly and disabled victims living in communities impacted by natural disaster.

NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Cajun Navy Ground Force is committed to equal employment, volunteer opportunity, and assistance provision without regard to age, ancestry, disability, national or ethnic origin, race, religious belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or veteran status.

This policy applies to all areas of employment and volunteer participation, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation, benefits, social and recreational programs, all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. This policy also applies to all response and relief recipients.

OUR HISTORY

In South Louisiana, in August 2016 a rare, tragic rain storm lasted a full three days and dropped the equivalent of 7.1 trillion gallons of water or enough to fill Lake Pontchartrain about four times. Hurricane Katrina, by comparison, dumped about 2.3 trillion gallons of rainwater in the state (though more in other states)

This horrific event left over 150,000 homes across South Louisiana submerged by flood waters over a 10 day period. The great flood was a 500-year event that left dozens of towns and cities in 21 parishes across south Louisiana under tens of feet of water.

The floodwaters fell in the mid-central region of the state, then wound their way southward towards the Gulf of Mexico inundating every structure in its
path as it overflowed banks and dozens of rivers and bayous that canvass the southern portion of the state. Citizens would find their yard dry one minute and minutes later, they would find themselves in need of urgent rescue and all of their possessions underwater.

The Cajun Navy grew from a need to assist our neighbors and overwhelmed first responders during the great flood of 2016.

It was only a year later that Hurricane Harvey created a similar flooding emergency in Southeast Texas and Houston, leaving tens of thousands needing rescue, and over 140,000 homes badly damaged needing citizen support. The Cajun Navy, for the second time in a year, was called upon to assist overwhelmed systems in Texas. Similar to the Louisiana flood we performed thousands of citizen rescues and assisted dozens of homeowners with the cleanup.

That was many years ago, and the Cajun Navy has changed little. We are still finding ways to assist during and after disasters. To date, in mid-2021, we have assisted with rescue and recovery in over a dozen natural disasters.

BOARD MEMBERS

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Rob Gaudet Board Member - CEO, Founder

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Pat Miller Board Member - Secretary Graduate LSU Law President, Preferred Title Company

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James Wood Board Member - Senior Manager Incident Response at Entergy ~ Coast Guard Command Master Chief ~ FEMA USFA Executive Fire Officer

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Sheila Pritchett Board Member - BSN, RN Clinical Solutions Specialist, Other Board Positions 232-HELP, March of Dimes, Acadiana Council on Aging

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Jennifer Jagneaux Director of Operations and Board Member

STAFF

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Camille Gaudet Director of Sponsors and Partners

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Camilo Andres Incident Commander

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Stacy Parker Case Management Lead

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MIchelle Szinavel Systems and Security Manager

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Chad Chiasson Ground Force Volunteer Team Lead

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NANCY PERKINS Website Director/Social Media Team Lead

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Lori Kirkpatrick Blogger, Public Relations

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Sarah Mann Medical Operations Team Lead

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Sher Alloway Volunteer Team Lead

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Harold and Debra Robinson E-commerce/Food Service and Fleet Manager/Food Service

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Matthew Dower SAFE Camp Team Lead

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