In wake of Hurricane Ida, a trail of damage and catastrophe has been left behind stretching from Louisiana all the way to streets and subway systems of New York.
The Category 4 hurricane raged through Louisiana at wind speeds of 150 mph all the way to the doorsteps of Mississippi, New York, and New Jersey residents. Majority of the power in Louisiana was knocked out, leaving residents with now 10 days without electricity. According to reports compiled by GasBuddy, 68.5% of the gas stations in Baton Rouge and 64.7% in New Orleans are out of gas leaving many relying on relying on gas-powered generators for electricity and air cooling systems as temperatures in Louisiana soar.
As many face the loss of power, their property, homes, and loved ones many of us are left on the wayside contemplating what best way to support all those who have been affected. Find below ways to support those affected by Hurricane Ida as well as vet which causes are legitimate and that have been shared across social channels.
Monetary Donations and Supply Donations
American Red Cross Those who wish to help can visit redcross.org, call 800-RED-CROSS, or text the word IDA to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Cajun Navy Relief is a citizen-led organization that focuses on the delivery of basic human items; these can include cleaning supplies, toiletries, water, canned food, and other items to make day to day life easier for those who have been affected.
Imagine Water Work works with residents, neighborhood associations, nonprofits, artists, families, scientists, academics, architects, small business owners, and government agencies to create various resources for our community, to hold space for conversation, and to develop hazard mitigation plans in Louisiana and nationwide in lieu of future and current water based natural disasters.
Second Harvest Food Bank leads the fight against hunger in South Louisiana by providing food access, advocacy, education, and disaster response.
World Central Kitchen serves hot meals to first responders, shelters, and impacted neighborhoods in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
Another Gulf is taking mutual fund donations, and also provides a way to find mutual aid resources.
Culture Aid NOLA provides twice-weekly distributions of fresh food to everyone in need. They believe in “serving our community with dignity, hospitality and grace and aim to create a welcoming environment for all.”
Check out more news of resources for donations and assistance for those affected by the hurricane in Louisiana that Twitter users have been sharing.
Hey Everyone! I’m here at @GatheringSpots located at 384 Northyards Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30313. We’re here until 7 PM collecting items for Hurricane Ida relief. We need water, nonperishable food, cleaning, and household supplies, baby goods, and more. Please come out today! pic.twitter.com/3ezKMrAP5j— Jasmine Crowe (@jasminecrowe) September 8, 2021
Hurricane #Ida prep is underway this morning in New Orleans 🥪— World Central Kitchen (@WCKitchen) August 29, 2021
The WCK Relief Team is at @NOCHI_tweets making hundreds of sandwiches for local shelters that the city has set up to get people experiencing homelessness through the Cat-4 storm. More coming soon. #ChefsForLouisiana pic.twitter.com/bGMwnstnot
If you are participating in any Hurricane #Ida relief fund scams and are not facing a financial hardship, know that you are taking funds/resources away from people who are in urgent dire need. Please know that resources are limited and hell is hot.— Tevon A. Blair, M.A. (@TevonBlair) August 31, 2021
Donate to mutual aid groups if you want to help. https://t.co/ihh6EiR6a4— jami attenberg (@jamiattenberg) August 31, 2021
After Hurricane Ida hit his hometown of New Orleans, @_fournette donated $100,000 to relief efforts.— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) September 3, 2021
Here's how you can help too ⬇️
Leonard Fournette pledges to put up $100K in Hurricane relief efforts for New Orleans 👏 pic.twitter.com/2RPR4OADy7— ESPN (@espn) August 31, 2021
HURRICANE IDA RELIEF: WANTA HELP? THESE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE LOCAL NEW ORLEANS GROUPS WHO ARE ON THE GROUND DOING IT NOW!!! Check out https://t.co/pbh36W4Myd for links! and THANK YOU! pic.twitter.com/o7mDeBeqkR— Christian Le Blanc (@CJLeBlanc) September 1, 2021
Comment down below if you or anyone you know has been affected by Hurricane Ida and are in need of help. Feel free to share any relief funds or organizations we may have left out as well as a prayer for those who may have lost everything to this natural disaster.
Written by Precious Onukwuli