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Hurricane Ida Relief @ AHAH


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    This is the official discussion thread for the cause Hurricane Ida Relief @ AHAH. Its EIN is 20-3414952 and it's a public charity based in Mattapoisett, MA. Research more info about the cause on GuideStar and Charity Navigator.

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    We deliver a Smart Response to those reeling from Hurricane Ida, devastating Louisiana and bringing historic flooding to NY & NJ.

    Natural disasters are a rarity in my part of the country.  It’s hard for me to imagine the terror felt by the people of Louisiana as yet another Category 4 hurricane bore down upon them, after 5 named storms in 2020 alone, and 4 major disasters since Katrina hit in 2005.  In the aftermath, the total disconnection from their previous life and resources must be an unbearable emotional challenge for many residents.  This highly-rated (by Charity Navigator) organization, All Hands and Hearts (AHAH) Smart Response Inc., provides a way for Charitocracy to contribute resources towards their recovery.


    On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura pounded the Louisiana and Texas coasts, making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana as a Category 4 storm with 150 m.p.h. winds. Hurricane Laura tied the Last Island Hurricane (1856) for the strongest land-falling hurricane in Louisiana on record. While Lake Charles and the surrounding areas are the epicenter of the impact, damage from the storm spans a large area of Louisiana and Southeast Texas. There didn’t seem to be a building left untouched by Laura’s fierce winds.

    Another Devastating Category 4 Hurricane

    Hurricane Ida made landfall over Port Fourchon, Louisiana on August 29, 2021 – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. After passing over Cuba as a Category 1 hurricane, Ida underwent a rapid intensification, progressing to a Category 4 hurricane by the time it made landfall.  Louisiana saw tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday evening and were hit by Ida on late Sunday evening, August 29, and into Monday morning of August 30. Wind speeds exceeding 150 mph were sustained for a total of 6 hours, twice the duration of the 125 mph sustained winds of Hurricane Katrina.

    Aerial images show whole neighborhoods submerged.

    There are over 2 million people who live in the affected area, and as of Monday morning, over a million were reported without power and over 18,000 people had already filed for federal aid.  For many, with no equity left in their damaged homes, relocation is not an option; rebuilding is their only hope.

    AHAH Mobilizes

    From their website: All Hands and Heart had stationed their Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation for the storm and has already started moving towards the impacted areas to assess the damage and response needs. Two teams headed towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida.

    Now stationed in Mandeville, DART has boots on the ground and is assessing the needs in the area. They have connected with the New Orleans VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to gain a better understanding of the needs in various communities.

    On multiple fronts, AHAH is prepared to respond immediately to Hurricane Ida and launch a program of volunteers and staff to support the impacts. We anticipate the initial need to include chainsaw work, roof tarping, mucking and gutting, and mold sanitizing.

    Give your support to the communities affected by Hurricane Ida and either make a donation or apply to be a volunteer. Recovery will be measured not in days or weeks, but months and years. Every donation counts; a long-term commitment requires millions of dollars to assist people who otherwise would not receive support.

    AHAH Mission

    All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. We communicate directly with local leaders and community members and then deploy our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, helping to build safer, more resilient schools, homes and infrastructure.  Through community and volunteer engagement, we focus on helping families recover faster after natural disasters using our Smart Response strategy. In doing so, we strengthen both our volunteers and the communities in which we serve.

    Also read Charitocracy's blog post about Hurricane Ida Relief @ AHAH!
    • This topic was modified 2 years ago by  RoamX. Reason: Added aerial photo of flooding,
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    Disaster Strikes Again!

    Katrina in 2005, more major Louisiana flooding in 2016, Cat 4 Hurricanes Laura and Delta in 2020.  Now Ida, another Cat 4 hurricane hits Louisiana first before leaving swathes of flooding and fatalities up the east coast.

    Please consider voting for Hurricane Ida Relief @AHAH.