All hands on deck: Cajun Navy Relief braces to respond to areas impacted by Hurricane Laura


Cajun Navy Relief is activating its team of volunteers to assist in rescues, recoveries, and clean up from Hurricane Laura.  From boat crews to chainsaw crews, founder of Cajun Navy Relief Colleen Udell says it’s all hands on deck.

“We currently have 20+ boaters on standby and adding more as we speak,” said Udell.

Cajun Navy Relief has been instrumental in helping with other natural disasters.  Udell says this response is going to be a little different as some COVID-19 spread mitigation efforts will be implemented into their operations.

“We are committed to protecting the health and safety of our volunteers, our partners, and our rescues.  We are continuing to take all precautions to ensure their health and well being as we conduct these critical rescues,” said Udell.

The group of volunteers work without pay using their personal equipment to provide immediate rescue and relief.  For those in the path of the storm that are in need of assistance, Udell recommends calling 911 first, then reach out to the organization need be.

“Go to our website if they are not able to reach 911.  Go to,” said Udell.

Udell says those interested in contributing time or other resources to the mission can find information on how to do so at their website,