Hurricane Ida – Partner Report

September 10, 2021
Michelle Belles | michelle.belles@usn.salvationarmy.org | (703) 647-4783

Hurricane Ida – Partner Report

Hurricane Ida – Partner Report

Friday, September 10, 2021


On August 30 Hurricane Ida made landfall along the southern Louisiana coast as a strong Category 4. The storm left power outages across the entire region. As Hurricane Ida moved across the states of New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, the storm's remnants caused widespread flooding and tornadoes. The Salvation Army continues to serve the affected areas as power is restored and recovery projects are developed.  

Below is a snapshot of services that The Salvation Army has been providing in the past week.

SERVICES

  • Twenty-one (21) mobile feeding units continue to distribute meals provided by the Baptist Kitchen and Meals Ready to Eat (MRE) throughout the greater New Orleans area. An additional 20 units are supporting the southern Louisiana team in Gonzales.
  • The Salvation Army partnered with Walmart in New Orleans for a two-day mass feeding event which brought relief to more than 2,000 people.
  • Incident Command centers have been established in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, while mobile feeding units, each of which can serve 500-1,500 meals per day, are being prepared for deployment along with cleanup kits.
  • The Salvation Army has begun or will soon begin mass distribution in Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

STATISTICS

Hot & cold meals

275,572

Drinks

156,664

Snacks

72,200

Emotional & Spiritual Care (ESC) contacts

11,776

 

 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

Salvation Army Opening Distribution Site for Southern Bayou Communities

The Salvation Army Texas Incident Management Team has maintained a robust ongoing feeding operation in communities without power, with increasing focus on the southern Bayou communities in Louisiana. A distribution site providing food boxes, water, clean up kits, and other practical assistance, will open from Thursday-Saturday this week, in Bourg, serving southern areas of Terrebonne County.

“As our mobile feeding units continue to move into areas south of Houma, we’re seeing many communities that have not received much aid,” said Alvin Migues, The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director for Texas. “The Salvation Army has established a distribution point in Bourg at the request of the Terrebonne Parrish Sherriff’s Department. We look forward to serving the needs of these hard-hit underserved communities.”

The Salvation Army Expands Hurricane Ida Relief

Thanks to Midwest Food Bank and PepsiCo, we loaded up our vans this morning to distribute food boxes and snack kits to designated areas that are still in need of assistance after #HurricaneIda.

The Salvation Army deploys disaster relief staff after Hurricane Ida impacts several Northeast states

The Salvation Army has activated its team of trained disaster staff to help with relief efforts in multiple states which have been severely impacted by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. The team will be deployed to Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

"We are doing everything in our power to respond efficiently and effectively to the impacts made by Hurricane Ida,” said Robert Myers III, the Emergency Disaster Services Coordinator for The Salvation Army’s USA Eastern Territory. “With the continued generosity of the public, The Salvation Army will remain on the ground serving those affected by the storm for however long our services are needed.”

A Passion and Heart to Serve Despite Personal Loss

When Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday, August 29, the powerful storm resulted in damage and destruction throughout southern Louisiana and beyond. For one Salvation Army employee, her passion and heart to meet the needs of others means serving in her very own neighborhood and city.

Angela Brown is from Gray, Louisiana, and is The Salvation Army Service Center Manager in Houma, LA. “Just like many of my neighbors, my home was damaged by the storm,” said Angela. “My ceiling collapsed, and I’ve had water leaking in my home, and there’ll be even more today since it’s raining. Down my street was total devastation. We had several trees fall, and power lines are down. It was bad.”

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For additional information on this report, please contact:

Michelle Belles / Disaster Services Director

michelle.belles@usn.salvationarmy.org

(703) 647-4783

 

About The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction, and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need, The Salvation Army is doing the most good at 7,600 centers of operation around the country. In the first-ever listing of “America’s Favorite Charities” by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, The Salvation Army ranked as the country’s largest privately funded, direct-service nonprofit. For more information, visit www.SalvationArmyUSA.org. Follow us on Twitter @SalvationArmyUS and #DoingTheMostGood.

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