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Town of Duson collecting emergency supplies for elderly

Posted at 1:17 PM, Jul 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-30 20:21:16-04

THE TOWN OF DUSON IS WORKING TO PROVIDE FOR THEIR ELDERLY AHEAD OF ANY STORMS OR NATURAL DISASTERS. — The Town of Duson is working to provide for their elderly ahead of any storms or natural disasters.

The Duson Welcome Committee will be collecting items to distribute to elderly members of the community.

The town will also be helping elderly citizens to fill out forms with information on who to contact for emergencies, medication lists, and special needs.

Milton Antonie knows all too well about how devastating heavy rains can be after the historic flood of 2016.

"I would say 4 feet of water entered my house for that particular flood," said Antoine.

Antoine evacuated his home and didn't return for another three months.

He is thankful to have the support of the town during severe weather.

"I'm on a fixed income, and the things that y'all would be issuing out to the people, maybe at the time, I wouldn't have had the funds to buy that," explained Antoine.

In addition to the care packages, town officials will be checking up on the elderly to make sure they're okay.

"We're going to be calling them every day, and if there is no response, then we will send an officer to their residence to see what's the problem," said Mayor Johnny Thibdeaux.

Anyone wanting to volunteer to help distribute bags of goods, fill out forms, or check on elderly residents can contact Duson Town Hall at 337-288-1428.

The following products are being requested to fill bags:

  • Flashlights
  • Blankets
  • Water
  • First aid kits
  • Canned good
  • Can opener
  • Batteries
  • Radio (battery operated)

Duson officials will set up drop off locations for supplies at Town Hall (Toby Mouton Rd.) and Champagne Foods.