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How You Can Help People Hit By Hurricane Ida

Communities urgently need assistance now — and in the long run, we must stop the burning and extraction of fossil fuels.

Hurricane Ida toppled these power lines near a petroleum refinery outside LaPlace, Louisiana. Ida's eastern wall went right over LaPlace, inflicting heavy damage on the area.

Hurricane Ida toppled these power lines near a petroleum refinery outside LaPlace, Louisiana. Ida's eastern wall went right over LaPlace, inflicting heavy damage on the area.

Photo by Michael Robinson Chavez / The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hurricane Ida grew ferocious fast, pumped up by decades of fossil fuel pollution.

Climate change driven by the burning of fossil fuels is making hurricanes more powerful. What’s more, fossil fuel facilities — which can catch fire and leak dangerous chemicals when struck by natural disasters — are concentrated in the Gulf Coast region where the storm made landfall. Due to discriminatory patterns of government regulation, these facilities tend to be situated in — and do the most harm to — communities of color.

Today, communities hit by the storm urgently need recovery assistance:

  • Help displaced Gulf Coast residents get housing: FEMA still has not activated its individual assistance (hotel voucher) program outside of Louisiana. The Red Cross has not filled this critical gap either. Contact FEMA Region 4 (770-220-5200, fema-r4-external-affairs@fema.dhs.gov) and Region 5 (312-408-5500) and Red Cross National (1-800-733-2767, or redcross.org/alabamamississippi) to urge them to provide shelter for those who need it.
  • Contribute to a disaster relief fund: Donations to the Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy go directly to communities dealing with climate disasters.
  • Provide basic supplies for people in need: Cajun Navy is collecting donations of cleaning supplies, toiletries, water, canned food, and other essentials.

Earthjustice is using the power of the law to end the burning and extraction of fossil fuels and stop the oil and gas industry from making the Gulf Coast a sacrifice zone:

Learn about other organizations doing critical environmental work in the Gulf:

  • Rise St. James is a community group fighting to protect residents of St. James Parish, Louisiana, from toxic petrochemical pollution.
  • Louisiana Bucket Brigade helps communities near oil refineries, chemical plants, and other facilities challenge the petrochemical industry's expansion.
  • Healthy Gulf is working to protect the Gulf Coast's natural resources.
  • Deep South Center for Environmental Justice pushes for a better future for children and families harmed by pollution and threatened by climate change.
  • Alliance for Affordable Energy advocates for equitable, affordable, and environmentally sound energy systems across Louisiana.
Workers remove a tree that fell on a home during Hurricane Ida on August 31, 2021, in Houma, Louisiana.
Workers remove a tree that fell on a home during Hurricane Ida on August 31, 2021, in Houma, Louisiana.
Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images
Tags:  Climate Change, Gas, Oil