Louisiana Flood Resources was founded on the scripture Isiah 43:2 that God is with you in times of turmoil.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” Isiah 43:2
It is the hope of Louisiana Flood Resources to provide tangible resources and free advice as well as the hope of the Lord through prayer and service. Our mission is to provide free, unbiased information to homeowners and business owners to aid in the recovery efforts of the affected areas.
Louisiana Flood Resources is an organization of Christian men and women pulling together for flood relief. The organizations’s founder, RJ Cavalier, is a tenured construction professional that has held multiple state licenses over his career. He is currently a National Purchasing Manager for an international construction, remodel and service support company. His passion lies in post disaster support and rebuilding. He hopes to assist homeowners in making informed and safe decisions in the wake of disasters.
RJ’s personal testimony
“My family and I went through a disaster ourselves. In 2009, after a rare snow storm in south Louisiana a limb fell onto an overhead powerline back-feeding power into my home. This caused an electrical fire right outside of my newborn daughter’s room. As I gathered my family and ran outside, I looked back at the smoke billowing from my roof and all I could think was why would God do something like this to me? I serve in church, I live a good life, why would God allow this to happen?? That experience rocked me to the core, but I now know it was a catalyst for God to launch me into my true purpose and calling.
After 911 dispatched the call to the local firehouse, a local volunteer firefighter pulled up in his truck and ran straight my home with a pair of limb cutters and cut this powerline off of my home. All I could think was how crazy and amazing this guy was to run in and put himself at risk for me. I didn’t understand his actions at the time but I so admired his willingness to help us in our time of need. I vowed then and there that I would pay it forward and use my knowledge and skills to help others in need just as he had for me.
In 2010, I was able to travel to Haiti for disaster relief and rebuilding with my local church. During my first trip to Haiti, God planted a mission in my heart to help restore communities post disaster. Since, I travelled back to Haiti in 2011 and to South Africa in 2015 for disaster relief and restoration. I have been involved in every form of support after storms and natural disasters locally since from gutting, boat rescue, informational, consulting, etc. My heart’s desire is to help recovery after disasters in any way I can.
In March of this year, during the first series of now historic floods we have had in our area, I was leading a group of volunteers in Tangipahoa parish and the second home I walked into was that firefighter who saved my home!! God used our experiences to allow us to comfort and minister to each other and I was able to help him gut his home. It was then, I knew I was on the right path!