posted on Friday, September 3, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. CST
As the remnants of Hurricane Ida make their way north, the damage left behind in Louisiana and Mississippi is becoming clearer. Thursday night, more than 2,400 people sought refuge in some 29 Red Cross and community shelters across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas.
Some 750 trained Red Cross workers are on the ground now with hundreds more traveling from all over the country to help. With the help of partners, the Red Cross has already provided some 49,500 meals and snacks, distributed more than 16,000 relief items and have made more than 1,500 contacts to aid in emotional, health and spiritual health needs.
Current resources available for those affected by Hurricane Ida
(Additional resources may be available. Contact your local parish for more information.)
Louisiana 211 can be reached at 800-755-5175.
For Louisiana shelters, text ‘LAShelter’ to 898-211 or ‘NOLAREADY’ to 77295
Traveling with a pet? For a resource list of pet-friendly lodging options and tips, visit RedRover.org.
To keep everyone safe, everyone in Red Cross emergency shelters is required to wear face coverings and social distancing is encouraged. Health screenings and enhanced cleaning procedures will also be observed.
How to Help
Donate Time – Red Cross will need shelter workers and disaster health and mental health workers to provide assistance and support to the thousands of people impacted by Hurricane Ida. If you have time to help please consider becoming a volunteer. Learn more and sign-up at RedCross.org/Volunteer
Donate Money – Financial donations help Red Cross to provide assistance to the people and the local communities impacted by the disaster. Make a donation online at RedCross.org/donate or by calling 1-800 RED CROSS.