American National Red Cross
The American Red Cross is at the forefront of responding to disasters and currently is responding to Hurricane Ida, Tennessee flooding, western wildfires and more. They have provided more than 12,000 overnight shelter stays for thousands of residents evacuated due to western wildfires, which have burned more than 4.8 million acres this year alone. They have opened dozens of shelters and are providing emergency food, clothing, shelter and emotional assistance to those impacted by Hurricane Ida and have dubbed it a Category 7 response - the highest and most involved relief effort they can deploy. In Tennessee, the Red Cross has provided support to hundreds of impacted individuals after a record 17 inches of rainfall descended in 24 hours.
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of 150,000 military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. They have deployed teams to Haiti to provide medical support in the ER and NICU in local hospitals. Thousands of residents have untreated wounds and are now being seen by Team Rubicon medical volunteers. In Tennessee, a team of 60 volunteers has been deployed to help with clean up efforts and in Louisiana, volunteers have been deployed to start with emergency route clearing so response teams can reach those needed to be rescued. Team Rubicon has been working in Louisana since Hurricane Laura, one year ago, and will assist with longer term rebuilding efforts.
Convoy Of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a humanitarian aid organization which focuses on distributing supplies such as food, water, hygiene and cleaning supplies to those affected by natural disasters. To date, more than 4 million meals have been distributed to those affected by the Haiti earthquake utilzing a network of on-the-ground partners. Similiar support has been provided to those impacted by the Tennessee flooding and 4 tractor trailers of relief supplies is in Louisiana, ready to serve those impacted by Hurricane Ida.
Food banks in Baton Rogue and New Orleans have been damaged by the hurricane, but remain open and serving their communities. Other food banks across Louisiana are assessing the needs of their pantries and food programs and are beginning to provide support to the hardest-hit areas. When disaster strikes, Feeding America is on the ground and ready to provide food assistance and emergency supplies. Their extensive network of food banks reaches every county in every corner of our nation- making them uniquely prepared to respond in the event of a disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Ida, Feeding America has deployed 26 truckloads – about 970,000 pounds of food, water and other relief supplies, to the impacted communities. They have also been working with Louisiana food banks since pre-storm to coordinate disaster response to ensure food is available to people facing hunger in the wake of the storm.