How You Can Support Louisiana

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
Venmo: @transqueeryouthnola
Distributes mutual aid funds directly to Louisiana residents

NOLA Black Youth Fund
Cashapp: $nolablackyouthfund1

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

Louisiana SPCA
Moving lost animals away from disaster

Zeus’s Rescues
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.

NAMI Louisiana
Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-TALK
namilouisiana.org/resources

SAMHSA
samhsa.gov

Better Help
betterhelp.com

Headspace
headspace.com

Louisiana Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
familyorgdirectory.fmhi.usf.edu

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


Featured Photography by Eric Gay / Associated Press