After Hurricane Ida, nonprofits in Houston are getting ready to assist these affected by the storm

One day after Hurricane Ida hit the Louisiana Gulf Coast in Category 4, nonprofits in Houston are already taking action to help those affected by the storm.

On Monday, Houston Food Bank employees were in the initial stages of evaluating how best to help the Louisians after Ida. The organization is already looking for volunteers to help pack disaster boxes of food and other essential supplies so that they can be deployed quickly to meet needs once local Louisiana locals can accept help.

After Ida hit the Gulf Coast on Sunday afternoon, Ida brought 140 mph winds and intense storm surges to New Orleans and more rural areas of the Louisiana coast, causing widespread power outages and property damage. Hundreds of thousands of people across the region are still without electricity, and officials are currently in the process of assessing the damage caused by the storm.

Southern Smoke, the Houston-based nonprofit that supports workers in the service industry during a time of crisis, is also preparing to serve both workers and restaurant owners. In a post on his official Facebook page, Southern Smoke’s founder and head chef Chris Shepherd encouraged storm-hit hotel workers to seek funding that can help meet both immediate and long-term needs. “This storm will have a longer impact than most of us will ever know. We are sorry for those who have changed the status of their restaurants, houses, cars, shifts, [and] Grain, ”Shepherd wrote. “We are here because of the long-term costs associated with this crisis and all crises. Lost wages in the storm, damage to your house, your car. Health and mental problems. We can help.”

Those who wish to volunteer for disaster box packing with the Houston Food Bank can sign up for a necessities sorting and box packing shift through the organization’s website – morning, afternoon, and evening shifts are available. Southern Smoke also accepts donations through its website.

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