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Hurricane Ida: An Update (August 2021)

 Hurricane Ida brought catastrophic damaging wind, rain and storm surge to much of the region through the day and continues to push north. Expect strong winds and rain to continue through the night. Conditions will improve from the coast north. Another 10 to 15 inches of rain is likely in some areas. Flash flooding is occurring in much of the area. Wind, rain and tornadoes remain a threat through daybreak. Run off from the rains will also lead to flooding on rivers in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin over the next couple of days.

As we approach the end of August, and trudge into year two of COVID precautions, thousands of residents in New Orlean are still dealing with the past Hurricanes Katrina and Harvey. Every known strain of COVID-19 is present in New Orleans and thousands of households in the most vulnerable communities cannot wash their hands, bathe their children or clean their dishes. Indigenous communities remind us that “Water is Life” . Remember: this was all preventable.

Community leaders have taught us that the idea of recovery is a misrepresentation that positions disasters as ruptures when in reality they are inflections in long histories of racism, environmental crimes, government neglect, corporate disinvestment and communities doing their best to get by.

 

Stay Tuned for our updates once Ida makes Landfall

 

 

Warm The Block network enables and empowers volunteers to organize, prepare, mobilize, and respond quickly in the event of disaster, great or small. 

During the Texas Winter Storm Warm The Block was able to provide: Emergency Transportation Assistance: Mobilizing 4×4/Off-Road vehicles to transport emergency workers, goods and supplies to more critical sites, provide hotel rooms for over 200 families for 2- 10 days while repairs and modifications was made at no cost to low-income seniors, U.S. Military Veterans, homeowners with disabilities, and working families impacted by the storm.

Since then, we have been fostering relationships and working with a handful of local government officials behind the scenes, identifying some of the most vulnerable and least supported communities in the US when it comes to crisis.

Need is so different between communities and people groups.

Our goal is simple: to empower local organizations focused on sustainable efforts in ways that maximize philanthropic efforts that won’t have to be redone, undone, or duplicated.