Thursday, February 01 2018
Of course when you’re going to the White House to meet the President you want to bring a gift! Jon and I decided a personalized shirt would be perfect, but how do you order one without giving out your secret? Well you call Kathy Bordelon and Megan Gwatney with Monogram Parade, LLC! I called Monday morning telling her what size I needed, asking how quickly could she get it, and oh! By the way I needed a name added, but I won’t know the name till later... lol Friday when I texted the name to her and explained I needed complete confidentiality, let’s just say she was very surprised! They got our shirt done immediately, kept our secret, and insisted on donating the shirt and a hat! Kathy and Megan have donated many shirts to Cajun Navy 2016, we appreciate them and their quick excellent customer service! https://www.monogramparade.com/
Thank you and God Bless!
Wednesday, January 31 2018
On Sunday the 21st of January, Jon received a call from The White House, the caller stated, “ The President would like to meet you in DC, would you be interested?” Jon jokingly said, “ He would check his schedule!” And then of course said he would be honored to be there. As you can imagine it was the longest week of our lives. We wanted so badly to tell our family and friends, but “The White House” asked us to keep it confidential. And when the President asks you to keep it quiet, you do! Lol... Days before our flight it started to weigh on our hearts that we would be representing so many people who gave so much; time, love, compassion, and effort to help so many. What kept coming to mind for me was the women who just showed up at Costco the week of Harvey to help. These ladies worked tirelessly, dispatching, directing, taking calls continuously, and loading boats and trailers full the supplies being donated from our Baton Rouge community. Let’s just say “The Ladies of Cajun Navy 2016” are awesome! There are endless stories of people in our community stepping up to help others, it was truly the Lord at work. What happened during Harvey proved citizens helping citizens works. There truly are people who just want to help others. Numerous groups and individuals showed what can be accomplished by the hands of many! We certainly knew going to DC would be an honor, but we had no idea how humbling it would be. We spent 12 hours with some truly amazing people and heroes! The most touching moment for me was a conversation I had with Otto Warmbier’s father. If you don’t know his story look it up. After everything his family has been through, it was so moving to hear him say he still had hope! We are leaving DC with hearts filled with love and hope for our great country!
Thank you and God Bless!
Friday, January 19 2018
Cajun Navy 2016 is a Nonprofit Corp committed to citizen lead search and water rescue. Everyday men and women using their own boats and assets to save others. If you would like to become a member visit our website @ www.cajunnavy2016.org and fill out the Volunteer form.
Thursday, January 18 2018
It's a new year and Cajun Navy 2016 is looking for members. We are forming an official SAR"search and rescue"Team. This will keep us active year round and not just during historic flooding. We currently have individuals with K9s, medics, LEOs, firemen, sonar specialists, underwater recovery, drones, cook teams and of course boats. Sign up. We would love to have you. Go to www.cajunnavy2016.org, click volunteer and fill out the application. God Bless!
Saturday, December 23 2017
What a Blessing helping others can be! Jon and I were able to spend our day handing out and delivering Christmas dinners to families in Livingston and EBR parish. We met some awesome people; a teacher helping a student, a foster parent, a volunteer, and numerous flood survivors. Jon got to catch up with people he had helped in the August of 2016 flood. We heard stories of triumph over the flood and stories of frustration and heartache. If you want to feel the true spirit of Christmas, get out and help those in need! Cajun Navy 2016 can only do these wonderful things because of your donations!
Thank you and may God Bless you all
Thursday, December 21 2017
This was a common sight last year after the Louisiana floods. Many people lived in “no-flood zones” which didn’t require flood insurance. While they were still rebuilding their homes and lives, ladders were used as make shift Christmas trees. Unfortunately many are still not back in their homes. Cajun Navy 2016 wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Jon Bridgers, Sr.
Wednesday, December 20 2017
Today Cajun Navy 2016 received dozens of thank you letters like these from the students at Spring Woods High School in Houston. Thank you all for your beautiful words! We will work on getting them added to our website so all our members can read them.
Thank you to all our supporters!
Saturday, October 28 2017
Join us for our Cajun Navy 2016 Fundraiser Luncheon with our honored guest speaker Jon Bridgers, Sr., Founder / CEO.
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Where: Intercontinental Hotel New Orleans
Address: 444 Saint Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130
Time: 11:30a to 2:00p
An LA Mover & Shaker, LLC Fundraising Event
Friday, October 20 2017
The name Cajun Navy first came about in August of 2005 during the severe flooding that occurred from Hurricane Katrina in the New Orleans and surrounding areas. A plea was put out by local officials for volunteers with boats to assist with the rescue efforts of thousands of stranded people.
In August of 2016, a series of severe thunderstorms dumped up to 36” of rain in 48 hours, flooding many areas in south Louisiana. This time there was no warning as the flooding was a direct result of a storm without a name. When the floodwaters began to rise, the Cajun Navy reemerged as Louisiana Sportsmen volunteers took to the floodwaters to help stranded victims. Many of the volunteers had lost their own homes and possessions just as the victims they were helping did. This major flood event would later be called the 1000 year flood for Louisianans, and one that most will never forget. Social media and smartphone apps played a vital part in the rescue efforts with this particular event.
Alongside of local first responders, the Cajun Navy rescued thousands of people during this devastating flood. Once the flood waters receded, the volunteers did not stop to rest. They continued gathering donated food, water and other supplies, and began delivering these items to those in need. Many people had lost their vehicles due to the high waters, so the much needed supplies were delivered to them directly. The next phase of efforts was focused on gutting and mucking houses, and rebuilding, gathering and installing used appliances for those who could not afford them. There were thousands of people and businesses that lived/resided in NO FLOOD ZONES which meant they were not required to have flood insurance so most did not have this specific coverage. It was obvious the recovery would be long and costly.
When hurricane Harvey hit Texas in August of 2017, it dumped up to 56" of rain in some areas causing another record flooding event. The Governor of Louisiana John Bel Edwards, called on the Cajun Navy once again. Thousands of Louisiana volunteers answered the call, they put their lives on hold, and they headed to Texas. The Cajun Navy 2016 set up its command center the following morning at Costco in the parking lot in Baton Rouge. Boats, RV and trucks with flatbed trailers poured in. As people went into Costco to shop they would purchase supplies and donate them to the Cajun Navy. Every boat that left out of Costco for the next 5 days was loaded and ready. During the rescue process, social media was utilized to gather rescue requests and relay them to our dispatchers. Various apps were also used to coordinate efforts as well. History was made that week to the glory of God as He used this ministry to bless victims of this terrible storm, to bless our volunteers and supporters, and to bless our leadership with all it needed to accomplish the task at hand. Not only were people rescued, but supplies were delivered to various staging points and areas of need as well.
In 2005 we were trained. In 2016 we were tested. And in 2017 we have proven the organization and capabilities of the Cajun Navy is viable in times of disaster. The hearts of the volunteer men and women who served and continue to serve are not only warm with compassion but also contagious to others. When disaster comes, the Louisiana Governor said "The Cajun Navy fills a void." This void is filled by those who serve and support our organization. We’d like to stop and say thank you to all of those who volunteer and support this ministry whether monetarily, with supplies, or by being the hands and feet of God out in the communities during times of crisis and disaster.
May God bless each of you!
Jon Bridgers Sr.
Cajun Navy 2016
Founder / CEO