Hurricane Ida: How You Can Help People Affected By the Storm
Three days after Hurricane Ida made landfall as a category 4 storm in Louisiana Sunday, torrential rain deluged the East Coast, triggering deadly flooding and wreaking havoc.
As of Thursday morning, at least 22 people were killed in the storm from Maryland to New York, while Ida has been linked to at least five deaths Mississippi and Louisiana, per CNN.
Though the exact national death total from the devastation remains unclear at this time, over 916,000 are without power in the Bayou State, according to poweroutage.us. Over 33,000 are also without electricity in nearby Mississippi, while tens of thousands of others in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania are also in the dark.
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As the nation looks to rebuild and recover, here's how you can help those affected by the storm tied as the fifth most-powerful ever to hit the mainland U.S. (And consider giving to highly-rated climate action charities, who will work to mitigate the powerful effects of global warming that are making these disasters more frequent and more dangerous.)
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting funds to help in Hurricane Ida relief efforts. Head to their website to make a donation.
GoFundMe has a dedicated fundraising page for Ida victims.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army has responded to many storm-related disasters, and provides "food, drinks, shelter, emotional and spiritual care and other emergency services to survivors and rescue workers." You can send a donation through their website.
World Central Kitchen
They're on the ground, and they're cooking! Celebrity chef Jose Andres' nonprofit has been serving hot meals to first responders, shelters, and neighborhoods affected by the storm in and around New Orleans since Monday.
The humanitarian relief organization has sent medical volunteers and hygiene supplies, including must-have N95 masks as COVID-19 cases surge in Louisiana. Donors can give specifically to Ida relief here on their website.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
The organization has established the Hurricane Ida Relief Fund to support immediate relief and long-term recovery, including grants, for affected communities, and donations to the cause can be made here.
Minuteman Disaster Response
The Minuteman Disaster Response is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing assistance in the "immediate aftermath of a disaster." According to the group, their volunteers undergo basic training including resource management, debris cleanup, first aid, command structure and other skills.
Minuteman primarily services Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma, and sent out a rapid response team to Hurricane Ida-impacted areas on Sunday.
"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
Texas Baptist Men planned to send 75 people to Louisiana on Monday morning, according to KXAS.
"As the sun rises, assessors will be on the ground, looking at cities, looking at needs, and we will be guiding these volunteers while they're en route," spokesman John Hall said.
The faith-based group, which was founded in 1967, is accepting donations here.