The Red Cross is proud to be one of the multiple organizations responding to Hurricanes Ida and Nicholas.
A teenage girl provides comfort to her baby brother at a Red Cross evacuation shelter in Baton Rouge on Sunday August 29, 2021.
A volunteer stacks crates of comfort kits that were loaded onto trucks and shipped to nearby emergency shelters. Saturday, August 28, 2021
A volunteer speaks with a family at a Red Cross evacuation shelter in Baton Rouge on Sunday August 29, 2021.
A volunteer surveys the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Ida while walking through a neighborhood in New Sarpy, LA.
Hurricane Nicholas, which has become a tropical depression since making landfall in Texas on Tuesday, is slowly crawling across the Gulf Coast, bringing heavy rain to parts of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle – potentially until Friday.
Nicholas is centered on Louisiana, which is just beginning to clean up and recover from Hurricane Ida’s impacts from the beginning of this month.
More than 90,000 customers are without power in Texas and an additional 73,000 homes and businesses are without power in Louisiana – many of them have been without power for weeks due to Hurricane Ida.
Preliminary damage assessments indicate that more than 6,400 homes from Louisiana to the Northeast were destroyed or left with major damage due to Hurricane Ida.
Experts point to climate change as being partially responsible for the rapid strengthening of Ida before landfall, and for the torrential rains and widespread flooding that then devastated portions of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
The Red Cross is working together with our partners from the Gulf Coast to the Northeast provide help to those impacted by hurricanes Ida and Nicholas.
Tuesday night, some 1,000 people sought refuge in Red Cross and community emergency lodgings across Louisiana, New Jersey and New York.
Power, water and roads are still affected in many areas, with the added challenge of new weather impacts. Red Cross volunteers are working throughout these communities to provide support and comfort as people work to rebuild their lives.
In some of the hardest hit communities, the Red Cross has response vehicles circulating through accessible areas to provide needed support, including critical supplies, meals and water.
While access to some areas in Louisiana is still challenging, we’re continuing to reach more people every day.
It’s important to remember that responding to disasters is a team effort and no single organization can do it alone — this is particularly true in this current environment.
By the Numbers
So far, the Red Cross has ...
All numbers are cumulative and represent the Red Cross Hurricane Ida response in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia from August 26 – September 15, 2021.
Deployed over 2,400 Red Cross disaster workers to support the disaster efforts.
With our partners, we have provided over31,000 overnight shelter stays.
Served over 486,000 meals and snacks with our partners.
Distributed 205,600 relief items.
Made over 13,100 individual care contacts.
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