Louisiana Officials Demand That Self-Reliant Locals Stop Surviving the Flood Without Permission

By Daisy Luther, Activist Post

Around the world, governments have recently been issuing an unsettling call for their citizens to become more self-reliant. Just this week, the governments of both Germany and Czechoslovakia warned that people should be prepared for ““be prepared for the worst case possible scenario.”

But here in the United States, just the opposite is happening. Our government seems to have an unquenchable thirst for cracking down on those who take responsibility for themselves. There is an abundance of evidence of this in Louisiana.

The southern state has been hit with the worst flooding in over 500 years.

While the final numbers won’t be known for some time, Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office has estimated 60,646 houses were damaged and 30,000 people rescued; other people escaped on their own. FEMA says 109,398 people or households have applied for housing help, and 25,000 National Flood Insurance Program claims have been filed. The American Red Cross called it the worst natural disaster since Hurricane Sandy struck New Jersey in 2012.

This massive disaster was all but ignored by the mainstream media, since it didn’t fit the current agenda of divisiveness and racial tension. So what did the folks in Louisiana do?

They rolled up their sleeves and took care of business.

First, the Cajun Navy, a loosely organized group of local fishers, boaters, hunters, and guides, took it upon themselves to being rescuing people trapped by the sudden flood. Initially, the local sheriff’s department was reluctant to accept the assistance, but as they became quickly overwhelmed, they realized that they were disregarding a valuable asset.

Initially, authorities in Livingston Parish didn’t want private citizens headed into the water, worried amateur rescuers might end up in trouble themselves, said Layton Ricks, the parish president. But as the calls from stranded residents continued to mount — at one point, Livingston officials said they were about 150 calls behind — parish officials relented.

“Then it was like, do you have vests? Do you have insurance? Are you truly capable of doing this?” Ricks said. “And as it turned out, we couldn’t have done it without those guys. They were a tremendous asset for our people.”

Locals who were not affected by the flood began cooking and donating food.  Others helped flood victims to begin gutting their homes so they could start to rebuild. This community in the bayou pulled together to show the world that a real emergency response begins at home, undertaken by the very people who were affected. They didn’t wait around bemoaning the lack of FEMA, Red Cross, and government aid. They got to work.

They opened up their own shelters in local businesses that were not affected. They distributed immediate relief to those who were displaced. They performed their own rescues, organized the response, and used social media to coordinate their efforts.

They made just about everyone in America who heard about their efforts feel a wave of pride. In fact, they were so effective at their own free-market local disaster relief that they rendered the government’s assistance all but unnecessary.

And that is when the government said, “Oh, no. We can’t have that.”

Of course, the government doesn’t want citizens to realize that they are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves. If people realize that they can perform independently and that it is much better than performing within the strictures of government regulations, they will be a heck of a lot harder to control.

So, they stepped in and uttered the scariest words ever.

“We’re from the government and we’re here to help.”

Like a horde of modern-day carpetbaggers, they began “helping” by forcing people who were struggling to rebuild to purchase permits. That’s right. They forced people to ask for permission for the right to repair their own property.

Considering the daunting expense of rebuilding in itself, those State permission slips may make reconstruction cost-prohibitive for some, while others — given the strict regulations pertaining to the floodplain and more — may not be allowed to rebuild on their own property at all.

“We haven’t suspended any or our requirements for permitting,” Justin Dupuy, building official for Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge, told Reason in an interview. “Before they start making any repairs, they just need to call in and check with us to see what they need.”

Really? These people who are about to undertake a repair have no idea what they need unless they ask the government?

Fortunately, in a small act of grace pointed out by Reason, fees for reconstruction permits have been waived by local officials — though the permits, themselves, are still mandatory, as permission to repair some of the 20,000 flood-ravaged buildings in East Baton Rouge might not be given at all.

How very kind.

But that isn’t the worst of it.

They also decided to charge fees to the Cajun Navy before they were “allowed” to continue rescuing people.

I couldn’t make this up.

The Libertarian Republic reported:

No good deed goes unpunished. The Cajun Navy is a group of volunteers that operates at its own expense  to rescue people trapped in flooded areas in Louisiana. They use their own boats. They risk their lives. And now that people have noticed that they are far more effective than government rescue efforts, there are plans to require them to pay a fee before they are allowed to do any good. “Don’t worry. It’s just a small fee,” legislators explain. “Maybe only fifty dollars. That would be worth it to put authority behind the Cajun Navy, wouldn’t it?”

When the Cajun Navy members said, “No thanks” to the government who wanted to train them to do what the government wasn’t even able or willing to do, they were treated like criminals.

That’s right. The government deployed the police to prevent these good Samaritans that we all wish now were our own neighbors from continuing with their efforts.

Louisiana State Senator Jonathan Perry is the engineer of the licensing requirements.

“Perry said that if members of the Cajun Navy continue on without his legislation, they will be stopped by law enforcement officials from rescuing residents past police barricades…

Under current state law, citizens who cross police perimeters are breaking the law and could face punishment.” (Source)

You can be assured he’s doing this for the Cajun Navy guys’ own good. He is trying to “empower” them.

That must also be what the Red Cross is doing when they make it more difficult for good-hearted locals to help.

Beth Yancey Houghton, a local woman who volunteered made the following post on Facebook.

“So as we are headed back home from the River Center in Baton Rouge volunteering our nursing services Dawn and I have come to the conclusion that neither of us WILL EVER volunteer or donate to the RED CROSS. The Red Cross basically takes over the shelters and starts refusing clothes, donations and various volunteer services UNLESS they are previously contracted. So what does that mean….well, 60 boxes of doughnuts were discarded this morning becuase the delivery vendor was not in contract, hot meals were refused becuase the entity providing wasn’t contracted, and medical supplies including medications were trashed for same reason. Clothes that were “donated” needed to be left on the street unless they were “furnished” by Red Cross. As of tomorrow, the shelter we were at will be completely over taken by the Red Cross other than the medical area because they couldnt have the actual room since LSU has a contract with state to provide medical care. Its sad when the military police were helping to “protect” the medical areas from the red cross when there are so many other issues at hand. Anyway, next time to want to donate or volunteer your services, do your homework.”

The Red Cross vehemently denies Houghton’s claim. Except…this:

Nancy Malone, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross, said there’s misinformation being spread around, and people are confusing the Red Cross with their partner organizations. She also said there are liabilities to feeding people food that doesn’t come from certified vendors, which is why some offers to cook hot meals have been turned away.

But she categorically rejected allegations that the Red Cross has thrown away donations.

“If you came today and said you have 5,000 meals to offer, well, we already had food delivered today, let’s find a way to arrange for you to help someone else or come back another day,” Malone said. “It has to be about coordination. We are held accountable to state regulations. This food has to come from a certified kitchen.”

Perhaps, technically, they didn’t throw food away, but turned it away, even though they didn’t have enough meals from “certified kitchens” to feed everyone.

They make it seem like a conspiracy theory that many preparedness enthusiasts plan to avoid government intervention in the aftermath of a disaster. But as you can see in Louisiana, the intervention often takes the form of exerting control in an effort to foster a culture of dependency. The rules, regulations, licenses, and permissions mean that anyone receiving help must be compliant. An article called “You’re Right to Fear Government Intervention During Emergencies” sums it up neatly.

In a crisis, whether a natural disaster that displaces you from your home, war, or TEOTWAWKI, this is exactly how you will be treated by government so-called assistance. Red tape, bureaucrats, nonsensical rules that deny help because of more nonsensical rules. Nothing will come easy. The process will favor a few. Your needs will be met only on occasion and by pure coincidence.

So, while the governments of Europe are actually requesting that their citizens begin prepping for the future, the very idea of self-sufficiency scares the heck out of the United States government.

It’s important to note that their need to make us dependent isn’t only restricted to the aftermath of a disaster. They seem to do everything they can to hobble those of us who even attempt to become even a little bit more self-reliant.

Here are a few examples of the anti-independence stance of our government:

Most burning stoves become illegal

In some states collecting rainwater is illegal

Living off grid is illegal in some states

In some areas, you can’t even camp on your own land

Unfortunately, I could go on and on. Here in the US, we are strongly encouraged to rely on ‘the system’. In the event of a national emergency, our government seems to prefer people to line up and get a government issued MRE than to pull something out of the pantry, share with our neighbors, and calmly go about our business.

If we become too self-reliant, then it becomes obvious we don’t need them or their ridiculous regulations. This is the greatest fear of those in power: our knowledge of their irrelevance.

And maybe that’s the real reason for the complete lack of coverage of the flooding in Louisiana. Not only was the flood a non-story because it doesn’t fit the current narrative of Black vs. White. It doesn’t fit the narrative that we are helpless and in need of the government to save us.

But this isn’t at all true. We are actually incredibly capable of preparing ourselves for life’s disasters and then dealing with them when they occur.

(If you aren’t prepped yet, you can go here to put yourself on the path to self-reliance.)

The Cajun people didn’t wait for rescue. They rescued themselves. They proved that they had the wherewithal to take care of the business at hand without Daddy Government swooping in to save the day.

In fact, the only thing the government did for Louisiana was to make their lives more difficult by forcing beleaguered residents to get permission to go about the business of rescuing and rebuilding.

You can read more from Daisy Luther at her site DaisyLuther.com, where this article first appeared.

Daisy Luther is a single mom who lives in a small village in the mountains of Northern California, where she homeschools her youngest daughter and raises veggies, chickens, and a motley assortment of dogs and cats.  She is a best-selling author who has written several books, including The Organic Canner,  The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide to Whole Food on a Half-Price Budget, and The Prepper’s Water Survival Guide: Harvest, Treat, and Store Your Most Vital Resource.  Daisy is a prolific blogger who has been widely republished throughout alternative media. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy uses her background in alternative journalism to provide a unique perspective on health, self-reliance, personal liberty, and preparedness. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest,  and Twitter.

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43 thoughts on “Louisiana Officials Demand That Self-Reliant Locals Stop Surviving the Flood Without Permission”

      1. Well then you go be the first to violently oppose the most powerful military in the history of the planet. We’ll send flowers to your funeral.

        Of course you won’t do that because I noticed you did not use your real name. How are you going to violently oppose the government if you don’t have the courage to use your real name in a comment?

        The one thing the government cannot defend against, is the people coming together in overwhelming consensus, in other words, peace.

        A peaceful revolution is the only answer, and comes highly recommended in the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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      2. Funny how people have this idea they can’t do anything about it.. lol with that train of thought you would be absolutely right you can’t if you wont. I happen to agree. You’re never gonna solve shit with peace here. You better choose how you wanna die. Do you wanna die standing on your feet or do you wanna die living in your knees peacefully as their slave.

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  1. The ‘cajun navy’ is not loosely (or at all) organized. That’s just a term created by the media to refer to individuals who helped others during the flood. Nothing more – nothing less. Since when do we need anyone’s permission to help others and/or save lives during an emergency??

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    1. Actually the “Cajun Navy” is a term that the group of people who went to help is what they called themselves, not the media. I am from South Louisiana and I know a few of the people who were helping in part of the “Cajun Navy”. I do agree with you on the fact that we don’t need anyone’s permission to help others.

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  2. You said what the people were dealing with down here in Louisiana. We seen many instances and we told repeatedly the same information about these occurrences with the Red Cross. Many more people would have died if not for the” Cajun Navy” not helping.The government (federal) acted late so these people and other citizens did what needed to be done.Red Cross needs to reevaluate their organization procedures. And be what a charity suppose to be and help the needy above all. Definitely cut the CEO incentive bonuses. We need to be more humanitarian towards other. Not the hype to sensationaized certain stories by the media or lack of. Apparently us Cajuns have some sensibility to take care of our own state no matter what color,rich or poor people in need. Whether rescuing clothing or feeding. And opening our hearts ,pockets,homes.Embarrassing the government also and it’s agencies delayed response. This will cost millions of dollars from tax payers to rebuild after this devastation flood of 2016.

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    1. Take note: Red Cross vehicles often have federal government license plates. They work in collusion with the government to make life hard for those who are in need.

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    1. Your contributions will not go unappreciated. And, we will be there for you guys when you need us. As we are always there for each other. Our neighbors always come out and get together for every emergency situation. When Katrina hit, we all lost power. So we got our crawfish pots and burners out and cooked what thawed out in our freezers and had a pot luck down the street. All the homes had a table with food at the end of our driveways to let each other know we are done cooking and ready to eat. We also got generators and extension cords and threw them over fences to share electricity with each other. We are Louisiana Strong. We do t care what he rest of the country thinks of us. We are too busy surviving and passing a good time in the process. How many communities can say the same? More than you would think. Or at least I hope so!! Good night, all!

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      1. I’m in the UK but have friends and family in New Orleans and spent a lot of time there as a kid. I travelled over after Katrina and helped as much as I could. Never come across people as tough and willing to help one another, love to all Louisianna’s that helped and respect to yourself.

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  3. No government, despite its resources and capabilities has ever been able to control a citizenry dedicated to freedom and self determination. I both fear and welcome the uprising that is at hand. But the purging of an out of control government is way overdue.

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  4. Wow. Great information but you could do yourself a favor and increase your credibility if you would proofread (or ask a friend to proofread) your material before you post it.

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  5. *** Whether you like, hate, Agree, disagree or whatever with this post please Comment on it so I know that Facebook did not block it! ***

    I tried to do something when Katrina hit. I headed up to Walmart to buy a bunch of bottled water to drive down there in my van But on the way I heard them mention they didn’t want people showing up and becoming Trapped themselves. I only had about $200 to spare and Figuring out the round trip how much water my van can hold etc.. It started looking rather discouraging. Then, As I was pulling in To the Walmart so was one of those big Walmart trucks. Then it dawned on me! I didn’t need to Deliver my little small amount of water I just needed to donate $200 and buy the water from Walmart Let other people do the same and then have a truck that’s already halfway there a lot closer Deliver it! I talked to the manager at Walmart and they loved the idea and jumped right on it! Soon though She came back with the strangest look on her face And told me that several Walmart trucks have already tried that very same thing but they wouldn’t let them into New Orleans! That’s right what you people don’t realize is when people was dying from lack of water there was trucks and truck drivers and concerned people trying to get the water to them but armed military and police was guarding the bridges not letting them in! If anybody drove there it was a waste of time because they was turned away. The Super Bowl that everybody wondered how such terrible atrocities could have happened there and why people didn’t leave They wasn’t allowed to leave! It was surrounded by men with guns that was bringing people there and wouldn’t let them leave! It was a FEMA camp! Meanwhile Throughout all of New Orleans people that was armed and ready to protect themselves and had plenty of food and water was having their guns taken From them by force!

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    1. After Katrina, we lived in a rural area 2 hours from the gulf, it was neighbors helping neighbors. If we had waited on government to clean up our roads so we could move, we would have been there for months. No government officials or the Red Cross notified us as to where we could get, or when we could get water, it was people in the community who passed the word around. Meanwhile FEMA had many 18 wheelers in Meridian Ms loaded with water to be delivered to the affected area. (Many of these trucks sat for days to get unloaded, FEMA paid these drivers round the clock for them to sit there.) Men in the neighborhood loaded trailers with water and mre’s to go from house to house checking on everyone while leaving water and food, plus checking to see if anyone needed anything. The government ‘s most famous words are “I’m from the government and I’m here to help’. When faced with a disaster, you best help yourself and the people around you, the government will be there when they get around to it. Plus no organizational process that works to help the people.

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  6. Meet Shelley Hendrix: http://www.brproud.com/home/unlocking-autism-looks-to-aid-displaced-families

    Shelley is an autism mom who runs a very small charity called Unlocking Autism and lives in Baton Rouge. https://www.facebook.com/Unlocking-Autism-United-States-100611736652414/

    During hurricane Katrina, she and her friends were able to find and place 250 autism families who had no shelter.

    This year, while she was evacuated from her own home, and still didn’t know if it was flooded, she and her crew began driving from shelter to shelter trying to find autism families, as our community know all too well that 1. our kids are serious drowning risks and 2. open shelters are not safe places for kids with autism. She was horrified to find that shelters were simply turning these families away, with one shelter telling them, “We don’t take people like that.”

    So her people started looking everywhere, and finding families in random places and even literally living in their cars.

    She started working to find shelter for them before she even knew if she and her son would have a home to go back to.

    When she did return, she found that the water had reached the weather stripping on her front door, but not entered the house, and she has turned it into a base of operations for finding and placing special needs families that the government and the Red Cross is not helping. She has found close to 100 families, and has just started getting a few of them into safe housing, with people sleeping on her floors at night and during the day, having her home serve as an, “Well it has turned into a coffee shop. There are usually about 20 adults here picking up care packages and hanging out to drink coffee, and about a dozen kids with autism running around at any given time.”

    And those families have actually started helping one another find places and resources. The way a community is supposed to work.

    So here’s the kicker… the LA government and Red Cross, rather than saying, “Hey Unlocking Autism, thanks so much for filling this need because we were completely unprepared for the hundreds of autism families impacted by this, here is some money and resources to help you.” both entities have begun contacting her to take care of the autism families that they have, while offering her no money or resources to do it with.

    Shelley has raised less than ten thousand dollars, to take care of the almost 100 special needs families who have lost everything. Homes, possessions, jobs, cars, even services for their children. She reports that when they started, “all we had to give the families were 250 gift cards to Walmart, and they were so grateful for even that. Now we have started finding apartments where they are literally sleeping hard floors with sheets, laying across the door so that their children can’t get out in the night, and they are even more grateful for just that. They are amazing, loving families and it is so humbling to be able to help them even a little.”

    If the government and Red Cross start charging Unlocking Autism a fee to do their work for them, well that will just be the cherry on top, won’t it.

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  7. Thanks for bringing attention to this, Daisy. A safe bet for donating money to the Louisiana Flood is the Second Harvest Food Bank. http://no-hunger.org/ The food bank in Baton Rouge was flooded so it is more than the people with water in their homes that are affected. 2nd Harvest is on the ball!

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  8. When our legislators and lawmakers tell us that we cannot help our fellow humans during crisis, when it is obvious that the government agencies who provide emergency services during disasters can’t keep up with the multitude of required resources , it’s time to fire the government. The people need to be put back in charge.

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  9. The problems are multi dimensional, and I don’t think the author tells the entire story. The Red Cross is responsible for coordinating support on a massive scale. Amidst fatigue, emotions running at an all time high, lack of coordination amongst multiple government agencies- frustrations run high and the facts get missed.

    Let’s look at the food that well meaning individuals are bringing to the Red Cross. While the altruistic motives cannot be denied, improperly handled, cooked or stored foods can make the situation worse. From that possibility, consider who becomes responsible for that tainted food being disseminated? Who takes the blame in the media’s eyes, or the lawyers who would be more than happy to file suit on behalf of the food “victims”?

    Ego and power lust are endemic to our government institutions, and it has been so for decades, and it is at times like these that such failures to do the right thing interfere with effective humanitarian services. Until greed and ego are removed from our system of government, the same will happen elsewhere.

    I do not work for the Red Cross, however I do have a friend who works tirelessly (for little pay) going from one catastrophe to the next trying to get safe food and services where they are needed most. He has often spoken to me of how so few local and state agencies are willing to coordinate let alone participate in disaster praparedness exercises.
    It is only after the fact that they begin to see it’s value.

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  10. I was rescued by a citizen in a boat. Two guys that were from the area. Believe it or not they were my best bet. The national guard not familiar with the area were at wits end with not knowing the roads and although they managed navigating their high water rescue vehicles was tricky to say the least – The locals saving you were a safer option. We the people in every way- in order to protect one another did so in a great need of urgency during a flood of historic proportions and we did so efficiently, orderly and effectively saving lives and helping one another! This is how it should be. I sat for three days waiting for rescuers to come. No one showed up until we started seeing our neighbors in boats helping one another. Any politician that sees a problem with this is an idiot. Without our neighbors and those willing to help one another the losses would have been tremendous. Stand up people and unite, continue to help one another and be a voice. WE THE PEOPLE UNITED WE STAND IN LOUISIANA – SURVIVED THE FLOOD OF 2016!

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  11. Jonathan Perry……..the bozo Louisiana Senator that wanted to require LICENSING by the “Cajun Navy” to go out and SAVE LIVES……is also listed as a “Comedian.” Yes, that is right…….he has even made comedy tapes. He certainly lived up to his reputation…….as a COMEDIAN. Now you nice people of Louisiana do the right thing and LAUGH THIS IDIOT right out of your Senate!!

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  12. To the author: Czechoslovakia ceased to exist on 1 January 1993. Your article would have more credence if you paid attention to small details like that.

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  13. The American Red Cross National Headquarters is based in Washington DC. They are the only chartered by Congress to provide disaster relief. It’s a crock of shit the way they treat volunteers and the clients they serve. I know it because I used to volunteer in disaster services. The CEO of the ARC makes over 7 million dollars a year not to mention all the other big shots up there and what they make. The ARC is all about politics and making themselves look good in front of the cameras. So whatever you do DON’T DONATE anything to them at all !!!

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  14. Thank you for writing this, Daisy. Here in La., we sometimes wonder if the whole world is crazy except us. Its refreshing to hear from a reasonable person in Ca.

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  15. Everyone needs to understand one thing in all of the confusion The state of Louisiana was running the shelters the Red Cross was the ones who came in to help with the flood … They didn’t jump in and take over the shelters the state department of child welfare and protections was the ones running the show … I know I was there working as a volunteer for Red Cross … Their hands were tied from the state refusing some clothes and foods … The warehouse was full and had no more place to store things .. The people in the shelters were not without anything … You have to be in a working shelter to know these facts … The Red Cross was only there to assist the state .. The state workers over ruled the Red Cross and until all of this is out in the open don’t blame anyone except Louisiana for refusing goods brought in from all over the USA … Before you jump in and say anything know the facts … Cajun Army and Navy did what they needed to do to get the people out of arms why of the floor correct but it’s run by the state … That’s facts … Besides the fact that people of Louisiana took advantage of this floor to a no end situation …

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  16. Great article, thanks for the info. Very similar to the government ineptness when the tornado came through Joplin, Missouri. Helpers were stuck in long lines that didn’t move as they awaiting government approval and direction. They realized that they were more effective driving around and asking people directly affected.

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