Where To Give And Receive Assistance For Hurricane Ida

Brittany Enn

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Hurricane Ida slammed the eastern coast of Louisiana on August 29, 2021, leaving damage and destruction in its path.

Hurricane Ida destroyed a large portion of the power grid in its path, leaving over one million Louisiana and Mississippi residents without power for an undetermined length of time. It is said to have been the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. Due to the extreme damage, it's possible residents could face weeks without power. Christina Stephens, a spokesperson for Governor Edwards, had the following to say regarding deaths from the storm:

"We're going to have many more confirmed fatalities."

She explains further how the over 40 open shelters could be detrimental during a pandemic to over 2,000 evacuees residing in them.

"This is a COVID nightmare. We do anticipate that we could see some COVID spikes related to this."

President Joseph Biden approved Governor Edwards' request for a major disaster declaration for Louisiana, meaning funds will soon be on the way. Here's what you should do in the meantime.

How To Receive Help

How To Volunteer

  • Register with a National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster organization here: https://www.nvoad.org/current-members/
  • Donate items, volunteer, give cash, or ask questions to this email address: FEMA-Donations-MGT@fema.dhs.gov FEMA-Donations-MGT@fema.dhs.gov
  • Best things to donate: Time, pallet loads of single items that are sorted and boxed, transportation, cash (to trusted organizations approved by FEMA’s website or recognized disaster relief organizations https://www.nvoad.org/donate/ )

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Remember that while larger cities are in need, so are the smaller surrounding areas. Please keep the entirety of the impacted area in mind for volunteer efforts.

If you or your family is in need of assistance, please let us know in the comments along with your area and I will point you in the direction of where to find help to the best of my ability. As a Lake Charles resident, from the bottom of my heart, I am so deeply sorry for how Ida has impacted you and your families. We remember the assistance and support given to us in 2020, and we are here to provide any help we possibly can.

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