The Gulf Coast is still reeling from Hurricane Ida which left a trail of devastation as it passed through Louisiana and Mississippi on Monday.
More than one million people — including all of New Orleans — are currently without water, as emergency crews claw flooded disaster zones for potential survivors and begin to assess the damage.
Power is still out in the city and only expected to return to the city “as soon as” Wednesday morning, power company officials said Tuesday. Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, meanwhile, has urged residents who evacuated not to return home yet. Hospitals and across the state are currently running on generators, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Here are four things you can do to help Hurricane Ida survivors:
Give to a national org on the ground:
The Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse are providing direct disaster relief. Samaritan’s Purse’s Billy Graham Rapid Response Team set up its first base in House, Louisiana, the group set and has to more on the way.
Donate to local non-profits:
There’s a long list of local charities who are out in the field delivering food, supplies and other resources to the region’s worst-hit areas. Some options are Catholic Charities of Acadiana, Imagine Water Works, and SBP — the Hurricane Katrina-era organization formerly known as the St. Bernard Project from Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish.
Another group, Cultural Aid NOLA, has been thawing food from nearby eateries to cook meals for people in need at New Orleans’ Howlin’ Wolf nightclub.
Donate to a GoFundMe, but watch out for scams:
Fundraising site GoFundMe has set up a disaster relief page with a huge batch of Hurricane Ida-related fundraisers. The page also has a catch-call “donate” button that GoFundMe says will direct your money to the storm’s victims and survivors.
Of course, be wary of fundraising scams — especially on social media, which according to the FCC are troublingly prevalent in the aftermath of climate disasters like hurricanes.
Get out there and help!
For those in region and eager to help, there are a few ways to assist with rescue and aid efforts. The Red Cross, for example, needs volunteers from across the country to travel to Louisiana and provide direct help, the group said yesterday.
There’s even an Uber-like social network called Crowdsource Resource, which connects people in need of support or rescue with volunteers who can help. The Houston-based non-profit’s tagline is “neighbors rescuing neighbors.”