Almost a month after Hurricane Laura struck, thousands of people remain out of their homes in Louisiana and east Texas and are still depending on the American Red Cross for emergency lodgings, food, water and other assistance.
Wednesday night, the Red Cross and our partners provided nearly 15,000 people with a safe place to stay in emergency lodgings, including hotels and shelters. Some 900 trained Red Cross disaster workers are still on the ground supporting dozens of service sites where people can get water, food and relief supplies. Visit the Red Cross Louisiana Facebook page for locations.
With the help of partners, the Red Cross has already served more than 991,000 meals and snacks and distributed more than 168,000 relief items and cleaning supplies to help people affected by Laura. Volunteers have also provided more than 22,000 individual care contacts to help people with medical or disability needs, or provide emotional and spiritual support during this challenging time. This also includes replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other medical equipment.
The Red Cross will be in Louisiana and east Texas for as long as it takes, working beside partners to help people rebuild their lives. Every disaster is different and so are the needs of each affected community and family. The Red Cross works closely with local partners to create plans and coordinate recovery services to ensure people get the assistance that they need to get back on their feet.
The Red Cross is beginning to connect one-on-one with people still in emergency lodgings to help plan for their next steps. We are also reaching out to households whose primary residence was destroyed or sustained major damage from Hurricane Laura to offer assistance.
People affected by Hurricane Laura may be eligible for federal Disaster Assistance. Apply at disasterassistance.gov or by calling 800-621-3362.
In Texas, people can also visit gov.texas.gov/hurricane for a list of resources. In Louisiana, people can visit hurricanelaura.la.gov or contact their local parish emergency preparedness office for help.
You can help by making a donation or becoming a volunteer. Make a difference in the lives of people impacted by Hurricanes Sally and Laura by visiting redcross.org, calling 800-RED-CROSS or texting the word HURRICANES to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from these disasters. This includes providing food, shelter, relief supplies, emotional support and other assistance. Ensure your donation helps people affected by Hurricanes Sally and Laura by choosing that option on redcross.org/donate or 800-RED-CROSS.
If you have the time, you can make a significant impact as a Red Cross volunteer. Review our most urgently needed volunteer positions at redcross.org/volunteertoday.