Hurricane Laura was a deadly and damaging Category 4 Atlantic hurricaine that tied the 1856 Last Island hurricaine as the strongest hurricane on record to make landfall in the U.S. state of Louisiana, as measured by maximum sustained winds. Hurricaine Laura progressed inland across southwestern Louisiana, Laura produced destructive winds over a wide area. Sustained winds at the Lake Charles Regional Airport reached 95 mph (153 km/h) with gusts up to 132 mph (212 km/h).
RCPT-USA Jumpmast and US Army veteran Billy Howell calls Lake Charles home. While he and his extended family were able to evacuate and unharmed and well. The same can not be said for their property and the property of their neighbors. Trees and powerlines are down and power is not expected to be restored for at least a month. Almost every building has sustained some type of damage and the rebuilding has begun.
Billy has stated they are in need of TOOLS and RENTAL EQUIPMENT to use to clear debris and begin rebuilding. They are also in need of fuel, water as well as dry goods and canned food. Shopping is further aggrevated as resident need to travel some distance away in order to find services in areas that are less affected, sometimes traveling to Texas.
Billy is an active member of RCPT-USA and has participated in airshows and commemorations here and in France. He is available to support our training events and has provided training, guidance, and mentorship to our membership for the past two years. Now is a time we can support Billy and his family. We humbly ask that you provide whatever assistance you can through RCPT so we can support our brother and show him that RCPT is more than just a jump.