Livingston Parish SchoolsT. Parker Host, Inc., parent company of Host Terminals, made a monetary donation to the Livingston Parish schools to assist with flood-related disaster relief efforts. Of the Louisiana school districts affected by the floods, Livingston Parish reports the most public school damage so far, with flooding in about half of its buildings.

“Of all the port employees, about 80% have homes that were flooded,” says Host Terminals’ Baton Rouge Manager Brian Taylor. “We’re all rolling up our sleeves to help each other out. Most of our team members here have children enrolled in the Livingston schools.”

The Red Cross is calling the flooding in Louisiana the worst natural disaster since Superstorm Sandy. The flooding was triggered by torrential downpours that dropped up to 24 inches of rain across parts of the region August 11 and 12th.

Host employees in the area have spent their free time helping people in their communities. “That’s the thing about Louisiana,” Brian says. “There’s an extraordinary sense of community here. It’s going to take a long time, but we’re all working through this together.”

Host is keeping in touch with Baton Rouge employees, ensuring all and their immediate families have a place to stay. As a family company, our people’s safety is our number one priority. We’re deeply saddened by the situation in Baton Rouge and the effect it’s had on our team. We hope this donation will help provide some relief to the local community.