UW Combined Fund Drive

September 2, 2021

Hurricane Ida: How to Help

Damage from Ida in New Orleans, August 31, 2021 / Chris Granger, The Times-Picayune

The Gulf Coast is reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida.

As the fifth strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland, Ida’s gale force winds left thousands without a home, power, or clean water.

At least 70 people have been killed as a result of the storm, and an ongoing search-and-rescue effort is underway.

In a grim coincidence, Ida made landfall on August 29 – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida has caused significant damage across Louisiana and Mississippi.

Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York experienced torrential rains, flooding and tornadoes as a result of Ida’s path up the Mid-Atlantic states. Several New Yorkers drowned in their own homes as a result of the flooding.

At this writing, thousands of people were still without power in Louisiana while extreme heat in the region makes the need for air conditioning immediate. Power outages can lead to spoilage of insulin, vaccines, and other medications requiring cold storage.

Many people in the region are also facing food and fuel shortages. Roads remain blocked, water and sewer services are disrupted, and officials are warning that recovery could take weeks. In New Orleans, a curfew is in effect, and the Governor of Louisiana has asked evacuees not to return while infrastructure is repaired.

The gulf coast is in immediate need of medical and disaster relief supplies

Consider making a one-time gift or setting up monthly payroll deduction through the UWCFD to one of our member organizations actively responding in Hurricane Ida’s aftermath: 

AmeriCares (charity code 0315518), a health-focused relief and development organization, is responding to Ida in Louisiana and Mississippi and matching donations.

Project HOPE (charity code 0316050) has sent an emergency response team with 11 medical volunteers and has distributed 8,000 hygiene kits, which include items like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush, deodorant and first-aid supplies. Donations can be made solely for Hurricane Ida emergency relief.

The Salvation Army (charity code 1478728) has prepared field kitchens and other relief supplies, including food, clothing, tarps and clean-up kits to help along the Gulf Coast.

The American Red Cross (charity code 0337346) is working around the clock with our partners to provide help to people struggling with the heartbreaking damage left behind by Hurricane Ida.

Direct Relief (charity code 0316325) as committed an initial $1 million in funding for Hurricane Ida relief efforts and has made its $100 million+ medical inventory available for medical needs in the region.

International Medical Corps (charity code 1479246) relieves the suffering of those affected by conflict, disaster and disease, often in difficult and dangerous environments. We deliver vital healthcare services and training that help devastated populations move from relief to self-reliance.

Save the Children (charity code 0315475): Hurricanes and severe weather events can destroy or disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being. Save the Children’s emergency response team is mobilizing to meet the most urgent needs of children most impacted by Hurricane Ida. Your donation today supports this life-saving work.

Humane Society Disaster Relief (charity code 0314983): Our Animal Rescue and Response team is prepared to answer the call for any large-scale emergencies, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, earthquakes, utility outages and more.