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Hurricane Ida struck the southern coast of Louisiana on August 29th as an extremely dangerous Category 4 storm.

The hurricane made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana, with 150 mph winds before moving inland over Louisiana toward western Mississippi, heading across to the Tennessee Valley by mid-week, dropping high levels of rain and causing flooding.

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This storm has affected hundreds of thousands of people and left countless homeless.  Millions of homes are without power, which could last weeks. It will be months before we know the full scope and scale of the damage from Hurricane Ida in communities throughout the southern United States. Recovery for communities across Louisiana and Mississippi could take years.

CFT has established the CFT Hurricane Ida Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts for communities that have been affected by Hurricane Ida. 

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Response Efforts in Affected Areas

In addition to CFT’s fund, the following are response efforts based in the affected areas. For a list of nonprofits agencies that are providing immediate and long-term support for impacted communities, please see the Hurricane Ida Response and Relief PDF.

See below for Louisiana-focused Response and Relief Efforts.
 

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Batton Rouge Area Foundation will provide grants to nonprofits working on-the-ground in the impacted areas. At the start, disaster grants will likely pay for food, shelter, medicine, and all the other necessities that help stabilize those in most immediate need. Then they will shift to making grants for long-term recovery and, perhaps more importantly, making people and places more resilient for the next time disaster hits.

Foundation for Louisiana (FFL) is a Black-led foundation that was founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. They realized that disasters often have outsized effects on marginalized communities. As the only statewide philanthropic entity in Louisiana, FFL's programmatic and policy work has broad regional impact through dismantling the structural barriers that impact the lives of Louisianans.

Through the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) Disaster Response and Restoration Fund, GNOF mobilizes and supports a network of voluntary and community organizations active in disasters (VOADS and COADS) whose expertise is deployed locally, nationally and internationally. Their Response and Restoration Fund provides immediate relief as well as long-term rebuilding support. With the capability to get dollars where they are most needed within 48 hours, the Foundation has pre-registered over 20 organizations from across Southeast Louisiana to receive expedited grants should they be active in responding to a disaster. A week before the storm hit, they moved grants to five of these organizations.

United Way works with local organizations to thoughtfully build strategies to create resilient communities. All proceeds to the Hurricane Ida Relief Fund will support immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding and community grants to partner organizations providing direct services to assist with disaster recovery.

Mississippi-Focused Response and Relief Efforts

See below for Mississippi-focused response and relief efforts.

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United Way of South Mississippi works with local organizations to thoughtfully build strategies to create resilient communities. All proceeds to the Hurricane Ida Relief Fund will support immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding and community grants to partner organizations providing direct services to assist with disaster recovery. Donations will stay in Hancock, Harrison, Pearl River and Stone counties.

Regional Resources & Funders

See below for regional resources and funders.
 

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American Red Cross provides emergency disaster relief, including shelters, meals and snacks, health and mental health support, clean-up supplies, hygiene kits etc., to communities affected by disasters. Pre-landfall supporting ten shelter operations and staging staff at parish Emergency Operation Centers were set up before the storm, and they plan to support post-landfall sheltering and feeding as needed, including a mix of congregate and non-congregate shelters.

Americares Emergency Response team has been actively monitoring the storm's track and pre-deployed a response team to eastern Texas Saturday evening in advance of landfall. They have a vast network of partners in the region, many of whom are still recovering from multiple hurricane landfalls last year. The team has proactively reached out to over two dozen local and national partners in Louisiana, Mississippi, and coastal Alabama who may be affected by the storm to offer support, and are currently plugging in to coordination cells, conducting mapping exercises, and expanding reach.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund focuses on medium- and long-term recovery from any storms that lead to significant storms damage. The Fund will explore investing in all geographic areas affected by this season's Atlantic hurricanes. This includes rebuilding homes and livelihoods, meeting the needs of more vulnerable populations, supporting mental health services and addressing other urgent challenges identified by the affected communities that arise as recovery efforts progress.

This disaster relief fund will support people impacted by Hurricane Ida in the form of emergency aid, such as food, water, medicine, and shelter. Once immediate needs are met, this fund will provide long-term assistance as needed. As the path and severity of the storm shifts, so will GlobalGiving’s response to ensure help gets where it is most needed. All donations to this fund will exclusively support communities and first responders impacted by Hurricane Ida.

Good360 takes a holistic approach to disaster recovery, starting with the impacted communities' immediate needs (even during the evacuation stage) and committing to being there for the long-term, always focused on delivering the correct goods to the right people at the right time. Note that they an excellent resource for corporate in-kind donations.

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CFT works with individuals, families and businesses to make significant and lasting investments helping thousands of individuals and families stabilize and rebuild after disaster strikes.

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