Grand Lodge Disaster Relief - FOP Foundation
When Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005, the Foundation responded. We were on the ground immediately with supplies and support for our fellow officers. Many of our officers had themselves lost everything.
The National FOP Foundation provided not only needed food and supplies, but we were also able to provide humanitarian and emotional support for these officers. Every cent collected by our Foundation during this disaster was used to support and care for these officers. The National FOP Foundation gave nearly $1 million in response to Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath.
When the earthquake hit in Haiti in 2010, the Foundation responded. We were able to raise over $15,000 to aid the efforts of the American Red Cross.
Housing and other structures were in such short supply, the National FOP Foundation responded. We raised money for several 8-person prefabricated shelters and sent them directly to Haiti for those people who had no housing. The National FOP Foundation does its best to respond where there is a need.
Over the past few years we have had floods in states like Rhode Island, Tennessee, Ohio, Indiana, Texas and so many more. The FOP Foundation responded in each case.
The great flood in middle Tennessee affected our officers in a major way. There were 42 counties affected by this flood. We were there on the ground helping these officers who had been displaced by this flood with food, supplies, housing, and all the other necessities they needed. These officers gave selflessly of their time to help others.
LEFRI - The Law Enforcement Families Readiness Initiative
During natural disasters, man-made disasters or other crisis events, law enforcement officers are generally required to remain on duty for extended periods of time. Such calls to duty often result in officers' long absences from home and infrequent communication with their families. During times of disaster, officers can reasonably be expected to be quite concerned about the safety of his or her family. When disaster strikes, it is too late to establish a plan of action especially when law enforcement families are victims themselves. Establishing a family disaster plan prior to an event will ease the struggle and suffering felt by everyone involved.
The Law Enforcement Families Readiness Initiative (LEFRI) was designed to develop guidance for law enforcement agencies to develop and implement a law enforcement family readiness plan in the event of disaster and other crisis-type situations. Funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice and implemented by the National Fraternal Order of Police Foundation, the LEFRI project worked to develop educational and other support materials for agencies, officers, and families to use when preparing for disaster-type scenarios and extended absences from the home due to the officer's call to duty. The project developed a model policy that law enforcement agencies in rural, suburban, and urban areas can use to guide officer and family preparedness activities before a prolonged crisis event occurs.
Following the attacks of September 11, 2001, the federal government launched a nationwide campaign to improve the preparedness of all Americans. September was declared National Preparedness Month. Websites like www.ready.gov were heavily promoted and numerous high ranking federal officials and other public leaders worked to raise awareness about the importance of being prepared. Our research suggests a similar need for an information clearinghouse and greater emphasis on preparedness for law enforcement officers and their families. To this end, this website, as well as links to regularly updated preparedness material have been incorporated to help law enforcement agencies, officers and their families recognize the importance of preparedness and provide them with the tools to implement their own plans.
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