Date(s) - 08/30/2021 - 09/05/2021
Hurricane Ida made landfall on the Gulf Coast of Louisiana on Sunday as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm, lashing Louisiana and Mississippi with drenching rains, relentless winds and a massive storm surge.
The American Red Cross is there, working side-by-side with our partners to provide shelter and comfort for people in need. Sunday night, more than 2,500 people sought refuge in some 60 Red Cross and community shelters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The number of people seeking shelter could increase in the coming days as power outages continue and people leave homes that are too damaged to stay in.
And Ida isn’t done. More serious flooding, damaging winds and dangerous storm surges will continue today. Many areas previously under hurricane warnings remain under tropical storm warnings. More than a million customers are without power in Louisiana and Mississippi, where temperatures will be near 90 degrees today and many roads are impassable. As Ida heads northeast, states all the way to the mid-Atlantic region can expect heavy rain and possible flash flooding this week. People in those states should finalize their storm preparations now.
What you can do
It will be days before we know the full scope of the damage that Ida left behind. For the Red Cross, our work is just beginning. We will be working side-by-side with our partners to help people in need for weeks and months to come.
“We know that people want to do everything they can to help after a disaster. The first priority for the Red Cross is to provide shelter and support to those affected, and financial donations are the quickest and best way to get help to those who need it most,” said Stephanie Couturier, Red Cross of Northern New England CEO, “Your financial donation to the Red Cross helps provide shelter, meals, relief supplies, emotional support, recovery planning and other assistance during disasters.”
The American Red Cross and partners are on the ground now, including committed volunteers from right here in New Hampshire, delivering care and comfort to impacted families.
You can help people affected by disasters like storms and countless other crises by making a gift to American Red Cross Disaster Relief:
- Make a gift to Red Cross Disaster Relief at redcross.org/nne, by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS, or by mail to our local chapter office at:
American Red Cross
2 Maitland St.
Concord, NH 03301