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Special Edition: Rescues, Recovery & Real Stories w/ the Cajun Navy

• 14 min

Thousands of people in Louisiana are cleaning up from Hurricane Ida, one of the most powerful storms to ever make landfall in the U.S. Who is there to help when first responders get overwhelmed? What happens in these communities in the weeks after the winds die down, the floodwaters recede and the national media leaves? Volunteers are often doing the work to help their neighbors pick up the pieces and rebuild. One of those organizations is the Cajun Navy. The group got its start after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 when boat owners stepped up to help rescue people. Since then, Cajun Navy volunteers have become a regular presence whenever a natural disaster strikes. One of those volunteers is Rob Gaudet. He’s from the Cajun Navy Ground Force in Louisiana and is the founder and director of the Cajun Navy Foundation. Rob has been on the road for weeks helping in the wake of Hurricane Ida. Today, he’s sharing what he’s seeing now after that storm and the types of volunteer missions that have stuck with him for years. For information on how to volunteer or donate, visit This episode is brought to you by and (Listen for the discount code) Get ad-free episodes by becoming an insider: 

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