When Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday, it was classified as a Category 4 hurricane with winds reaching up to 150 mph. Hurricane Ida has now been named the second most intense hurricane to hit Louisiana since Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Just one year after the state’s 2020 devastation from Hurricane Laura, Ida is the 5th strongest hurricane to hit the mainland.
The brutal storm has left millions in New Orleans and its surrounding areas without power, water, and very little gasoline for what is estimated to be several weeks. With many out of work, most people are relying on mutual aid to survive. State officials advise those who have evacuated the area that it’s not yet safe to return home to cities in crisis, but here are a few resources you can share to help bring relief to communities in Louisiana.
Direct Aid Donations
If you are able to donate, consider sending your funds to these direct aid organizations. If you are in search of help, resources, or funding, you can apply for aid at these organizations as well.
United Way of Southeast Louisiana
Provides emergency food and shelter
Greater New Orleans Foundation
Direct disaster response and restoration funding
Mutual Aid Disaster Relief
Supplies emergency equipment and mutual aid
Cajun Navy Relief
Volunteers in rescue boats to help evacuations
Rebuilding Together New Orleans
Improves living for low-income homeowners
Hurricane Ida Relief for BIPOC Communitites
If you are unable donate, you can still support these organizations by posting #STOPTHEHOLDS and tagging Venmo and Paypal on social media to demand they lift the holds on mutual aid funding accounts in the wake of natural disasters.
Imagine Water Works
LGBTQ+, Native, Creole, and trans-led organization focused on water and climate justice, disaster preparation, and mutual aid
Another Gulf Is Possible
WOC-led grassroots organization bringing donations directly to Black, Indigenous, and brown “frontline folks” impacted by the hurricane
Trans Queer Youth NOLA
Distributes mutual aid funds directly to Louisiana residents
NOLA Black Youth Fund
Redistributes resources to New Orleans Black Youth ages 14 to 25
Pet Rescue Funding
To save pets from destroyed homes and support placing them in foster care from damaged shelters, donate to these rescues.
Take Paws Rescue
Volunteers placing lost animals into emergency foster care
Animal Rescue New Orleans
Rescuing abandoned and homeless animals in the New Orleans area
Moving lost animals away from disaster
NOLA-based animal rescue fighting pet homelessness and euthanasia
Food and Resources
Donate to these kitchens serving hot food to Southern Louisiana or follow them for daily updates of distribution locations.
World Central Kitchen @wckitchen
Serving fresh food to those affected by disasters
Culture Aid NOLA @cultureaidnola
On-the-ground local distribution of food and produce
Feed The Second Line @feedthesecondline
Preserving the culture of New Orleans through emergency relief, funding, and food distribution
Mercy Chefs @mercychefs
Providing meals in surrounding New Orleans areas
Mental Health Resources
Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and just one year after the state’s 2020 devastation from Hurricane Laura. Surviving a natural disaster can severely affect one’s mental health. These organizations can provide support.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK
Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Statewide Mental Health Advocacy Centers
Baton Rouge (225) 342-6678
Lafayette (337) 262-2030
Lake Charles (337) 491-2461
New Orleans (504) 896-2610
Northshore (985) 626-6661
Pineville (318) 484-6348
Shreveport (318) 676-733
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