State of Louisiana
Department of Public Safety & Corrections
The Department of Public Safety’s mission is to protect human life and property in Louisiana. The department includes the Louisiana State Police, Office of Motor Vehicles, Office of State Fire Marshal and Highway Safety Commission.
The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness’ mission is to help Louisiana residents prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergencies and disasters. Visit the office’s website for disaster preparedness tips and resources.
Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
The Caddo-Bossier Office of Homeland Security prepares for and responds to natural disasters and events (tornadoes, floods, droughts and fires) and other emergencies (hazardous material spills, explosions, train derailments, air crashes and terrorist incidents). The office coordinates emergency services as well as local, state and federal plans, programs, warnings, communications and public information in case of a disaster. Visit the office’s website for information on local hazards and preparation.
In Shreveport-Bossier City
Picking up from one place and moving to another is always a hassle, especially when kids and pets are involved. Knowing whom to call or where to find information can help make the transition easier.
American Red Cross
The Red Cross helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service.
The American Red Cross offers confidential services to all members of the military, veterans, and their families by connecting them with local, state and national resources through the network of chapters in communities across the United States and offices on military installations worldwide.
Local Red Cross offices develop and maintain relationships with key community partners. Military families rely on the Red Cross to help them identify their needs and connect them to the most appropriate Red Cross and community resources. This key Red Cross service includes responding to emergency needs for food, clothing, and shelter, referrals to counseling services (e.g., financial, legal, mental health), respite care for caregivers, and other resources that meet the unique needs of local military members, veterans and their families.
The American Red Cross Emergency Communications Center is available to help 24/7. Call 877-272-7337 or submit an online request at https://saf.redcross.org/css.
Armed Services YMCA
The ASYMCA is made up of 13 branches and about 20 affiliate locations at local Ys and on some DOD facilities across the U.S.
It makes military life easier by providing programs and services to the young men and women of all five armed services: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.
ASYMCA programs, services and events are designed to help the family come together, stay together and have the ability to adjust, bounce back and thrive wherever the services send them — with a particular focus on junior-enlisted men and women, the individuals on the front lines of defending our nation. Programs are offered at low cost and require no dues or membership fees.
Signature programs include: Angels of the Battlefield Awards Gala, Art and Essay Contest, Military Family Month, Operation Hero, Operation Holiday Joy, Operation Kid Comfort, Operation Outdoors, Operation Ride Home, Parent and Me, Teddy’s Child Watch and YMCA/DOD Military Outreach Initiative.
Find ASYMCA locations by visiting www.asymca.org/locations.
Child Care Aware
Improving access to affordable, quality child care is one of Child Care Aware of America’s top goals. Search the site’s “State by State Resources for Families” to connect with national organizations and associations that provide information for families regarding child development, parenting, and child care concerns and questions.
The site has information on the different types of child care and how to choose the right child care for your family. Financial resources include a child care budgeting calculator and information on federal and state fee assistance. There’s also a special section for military and DOD families with links to military child care fee assistance. To speak with a specialist about military and DOD child care programs, call 800-424-2246, option 6.
Military OneSource is your central hub and go-to-place for the military community. Get to know your benefits and prepare for the big stuff — deployments, reintegration, moves, parenthood, retirement and more. Browse by topic or search for that strangely specific question you want to know the answers to. No matter where military life takes you, with Military OneSource you will always be in the loop.
Operation Homefront assists military families during difficult financial times by providing food assistance, auto and home repair, vision care, travel and transportation, moving assistance, essential home items, and rent-free transitional housing for wounded veterans and their families.
Helping military families gain long-term stability is a specific concern for Operation Homefront. Homes on the Homefront awards mortgage-free homes, impacting veteran families for generations to come. The caregivers for wounded warriors also need help and that is why Hearts of Valor was formed.
Operation Homefront’s annual gala recognizes extraordinary military kids. The organization also hosts multiple Homefront Celebrations, Star-Spangled Baby Showers, Back-to-School Brigades and Holiday Meals for Military events each year to show appreciation to military spouses.
Visit Operation Homefront online for more information.
Louisiana Department of Children & Family Services
627 N. Fourth St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 888-524-3578
The Department of Children & Family Services offers crisis intervention, after-care services and other programs for Louisiana children and their families. The department can help families find licensed child care facilities and offers child care assistance so parents can work or attend school or training. The department is responsible for protecting children from abuse and neglect, finding permanent homes for foster children, nutrition, licensing, child support enforcement, early learning and child welfare to meet the needs of Louisiana’s most vulnerable residents. To find a local office, visit the department’s website.
United Service Organization
Since 1941, the USO has kept our military men and women connected to their families, home and country no matter where they are or under what conditions they serve. Programs for military families include Couples Seminars: Stronger Families, Comfort Crew for Military Kids, Operation That’s My Dress, United Through Reading, Baby Showers: USO and What to Expect Present Special Delivery and The Sesame Street/USO Experience.
The USO also provides transition services to support Americans’ return to civilian life after completing their military service. For more information, go to www.uso.org/programs/uso-pathfinder.
Visit the USO’s website to find a location near you.
Moves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.
Use these steps to protect your pet from being lost during your move.
- Keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times with your current phone number on it.
- Microchip your pets, especially if they are good at slipping their collars. It’s important to keep your contact information up to date so the chip can reconnect your pet to you. All animal shelters and vet clinics can scan for microchips.
- Have a current license on your dog. It is the ID given to an animal by a city or county and can be another way your dog can be restored to you.
- Keep cats indoors; it’s much safer for them. Cats are domestic animals and don’t need to be outside where there are coyotes and owls, among other predators. Give cats a post to scratch on, a window to perch in and plenty of toys, and they will love the great indoors.
Your pet faces many new outside dangers in Louisiana, including snakes and alligators. Six species of venomous snakes — including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads — pose a real danger. So, keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose the biggest threat to dogs as they closely resemble alligators’ natural prey. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters, especially at night when alligators are eating.
Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Minden Field Office
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries’ manages and protects the state’s abundant natural resources. For information on nuisance wildlife and fishing, hunting and boating regulations, visit the department’s website.
Bossier City Animal Control
3217 Old Shed Road
Bossier City, LA 71171
Bossier City provides an animal shelter, adoption programs, licensing and more.
Caddo Parish Animal Services
1500 Monty St.
Shreveport, LA 71107
Caddo Parish Animal Services protects residents of Caddo Parish from dangerous, nuisance and uncontrollable animals while ensuring the protection of animals. The department responds to about 13,000 citizen requests each year. The department also provides pet adoptions and rescues injured animals.
Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.
To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.
Veterinary services in Shreveport-Bossier City are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. Another place to look is the Louisiana Veterinary Medical Association website, https://lvma.org.