Millions of people across the Gulf Coast, including much of New Orleans, were left without power earlier this week as Hurricane Ida ripped through Louisiana and Mississippi on Sunday and Monday. 

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Ida made landfall on August 29 towards Louisiana. Harsh winds and heavy rain destroyed power lines including one large tower that collapsed in Jefferson Parish, leaving a conductor from an electrical line in the river itself.

The storm made its way to the Northeast and caused severe flood damage to New York and the tri-state area. The region was hit with record-breaking rain and drowned 40 people in their homes and cars, according to AP. 

The damage from the Category 4 hurricane is considerable on both the East and Gulf Coasts. According to the Louisiana Department of Health, there’s a total of nine storm-related deaths. As victims from the powerful hurricane wait for government aid, civilians are depending on local groups like Houston’s Relief Gang and the Cajun Navy for rescues in the meantime. 

Here are a few ways to support our neighbors devastated by Hurricane Ida. 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana 

With the current lack of power in Louisiana, the city of New Orleans suggests donating to the United Way of Southeast Louisiana, where the donations will go towards immediate relief efforts. 

For donations, visit United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s website.

Gallery Furniture & Kroger

Mattress Mack of Gallery Furniture partnered with Kroger to quickly dispatch for volunteers and donations. They’re requesting non-perishable food, bottled water, diapers, pet food, toiletries, socks, books, games, puzzles and activities for families with children to be donated. 

Provide donations to Gallery Furniture, 6006 N. Freeway, or your local Kroger. 

Relief Gang 

Trae The Truth’s Relief Gang is helping those affected by bringing together hurricane rescue volunteers. In an Instagram post, they’ve asked for their inbox to be clear to prioritize relief for those in need of immediate assistance. They are also accepting financial donations. 

To donate visit Relief Gang’s website.

Cajun Navy Relief

The volunteer-run Cajun Navy Relief is requesting cleaning supplies, rubber boots, bug spray, bleach, wipes, gloves, masks, respirators, and disinfectants. They’re also accepting financial donations and volunteers to aid in rescue and dispatch. 

To donate visit Cajun Navy Relief’s website.

Houston Food Bank

Houston Food Bank is requesting volunteers to build and replenish disaster kits full of food and emergency supplies as they continue to send truck loads towards Louisiana. 

Register online for more information and to sign up for shifts on Houston Food Bank’s website

Crowdsource Rescue

After coming together from Hurricane Harvey, Crowdsource Rescue is taking their efforts to Louisiana. The non-profit disaster response team pairs a volunteer to a victim in need of rescue. They’re requesting those with boats and experience to recover those in need.  

Register online to volunteer at Crowdsource Rescue’s website

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