Since crashing into Louisiana this weekend, Hurricane Ida has been downgraded to a tropical storm. But many residents are still in need of assistance. That is why a lot of organizations have set up hurricane ida recovery efforts.
According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday as a category 4 storm with winds of 150 mph (NHC). Winds were strong enough to pull roofs off houses and topple trees, according to NBC News, and one 60-year-old man died when a tree crashed onto his home.
During the storm, the Karnofsky Shop, a building in New Orleans where jazz icon Louis Armstrong worked as a young man, reduced to nothing.
According to the National Hurricane Center, more than a million people in Louisiana were without power as of Monday afternoon. Also, “heavy rainfall and flash flooding” are likely to spread further.
“We’re going to make sure that we’re improving things as we go along but this is going to be a very long ordeal in terms of getting everything cleaned up and certainly getting everything repaired,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said in a video message. “And please understand we’re going to be in life-saving mode, doing search and rescue as a first order of priority.”
If you’d want to help folks on the ground in Louisiana and the surrounding areas, here are some groups that are leading the hurricane ida recovery efforts.
Minuteman Disaster Response
Minuteman Disaster Response is a company that provides disaster relief services.
It is a non-profit organization that helps in the “immediate aftermath of a disaster”. Their volunteers, according to the organization, receive basic training in resource management, debris cleanup, first aid, command structure, and other skills.
Minuteman serves principally Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Oklahoma, and on Sunday dispatched a rapid response team to Hurricane Ida-affected areas.
“It’s another opportunity to serve people. Certainly, we don’t want to see people harmed or their property damaged and we pray that’s the case, but in case it’s not, we’ll be there to help out however that we can,” executive director Matt Payne told KXAS.
You can donate funds to the group here.
Texas Baptist Men
According to KXAS, Texas Baptist Men intended to deploy 75 people to Louisiana on Monday morning.
Donations are being accepted here for the faith-based organization, which was founded in 1967.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a charitable organization that helps people in need. It has responded to numerous storm-related calamities; providing “food, beverages, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, and other emergency services to survivors and rescue workers”. You can donate to them via their website.
A specific fundraising page for Hurricane Ida victims has been set up on GoFundMe.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is taking donations to aid with the recovery operations following Hurricane Ida. Also, donate by going to their website.
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