Though media coverage has turned to other subjects, thousands of people in Louisiana and east Texas are hoping someone remembers them as they continue to face the devastation left behind almost a month ago by Hurricane Laura. The American Red Cross is there making sure people have a safe place to stay, food, water and other assistance as they work to recover.
RED CROSS RESPONSE
- More than 780 trained Red Cross disaster workers are still on the ground supporting dozens of service sites where people can get water, food and relief supplies.
- Wednesday night, the Red Cross and our partners provided more than 15,900 people with a safe place to stay in emergency lodgings, including hotels and shelters.
- With the help of partners, the Red Cross has already served more than 1.2 million meals and snacks and distributed more than 168,600 relief items and cleaning supplies to help people affected by Laura.
- Volunteers have also provided more than 31,000 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.
- Since Laura first threatened the Gulf Coast, the Red Cross and our partners have provided nearly 486,000 total overnight stays in emergency lodgings.
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 connecting 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.
Visit the Red Cross Louisiana Facebook page for service site locations. 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.