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How to Help Those Impacted by Hurricane Ida

how to help hurricane IDA

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In the last week, Hurricane Ida has ravaged the Gulf Coast and left millions without power in Louisiana and Mississippi.

On Monday, more than a dozen people died in the Northeast after historic flooding drowned subway lines and streets throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey

Notably, Ida hit on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and even prompted Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards to call it "one of the strongest storms to make landfall in Louisiana in modern times." 

Between many not having access to air-conditioning in severely high temperatures, no access to water, or access to emergency crews to help, the recovery process is going slowly and help is much needed to get these people back on their feet.

Here are a few ways you can get involved and help:

  • Donate to one of these many relief funds gathered together by CNN. Your donation will help offer aid to 19 funds including Center for Disaster Philanthropy, which helps donors make the best giving decisions to impact the full arc of the disaster cycle preparedness, response, and long-term recovery Airlink, which is a nonprofit organization providing airlift of emergency supplies and relief workers for 130-plus aid organizations responding to disasters, other humanitarian crises, and many more.

  • Look to national organizations like the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Samaritan’s Purse, which are all providing direct disaster relief to those on the ground and in need of immediate assistance.

  • Keep an eye out on social media for local businesses or individuals that are in need of help. Of course, it’s important to be wary of scams or grifters, but culling through tweets and Instagram posts accordingly can be a great way to help someone who may not have access to the funds garnered elsewhere.

If you’re local or have a way of getting to Louisiana, volunteer. Mutual Aid Disaster Relief is looking for people to volunteer and provide supplies, as is NOLA Ready, which is also looking for volunteers to assist in sorting and distributing resources, navigation, and more. If you’re interested in either effort, you can learn more here and here.

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