Houston helps folks in Louisiana who’re affected by Ida

HOUSTON – Hurricane Ida hit land on the Louisiana Gulf Coast on Sunday and several emergency agencies are ready to take action.

National and local authorities, organizations and companies help here.

Mack mattress at Galleria Furniture

Gallery Furniture’s Mattress Mack said they are sending about 30 trucks full of supplies to Louisiana.

Volunteers will fundraise at his Gallery Furniture Store in north Houston, Monday through Wednesday, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

“We’re going to be doing a huge campaign to find people who bring long-life groceries, diapers and all the normal things for hurricanes,” said Mattress Mack.

Lakewood Church

Lakewood Church collects supplies. The Church has scheduled a two-day collection trip on the 3700 Southwest Freeway Monday and Tuesday.

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Officials advised using the entrance near Circle Drive and Timmons Street from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days, weather permitting.

“And then the city will work alongside the National Association of Christian Churches, which can host anywhere from 500 to 1,000 people,” said Mayor Turner.

Houston Food Bank

The Houston Food Bank urgently needs volunteers to help them build more disaster boxes! Individuals or groups can register online and find suitable shifts for them: www.houstonfoodbank.org/volunteer. There are morning, afternoon and evening shifts with openings this week.

The Houston Food Bank is affiliated with Food Banks in Louisiana. They are still examining the need. The Houston Food Bank is ready to assist with direct distribution to areas that need additional assistance once they are OK for delivery. “We have a large fleet. We pile up many products in order to be prepared for a disaster here. So we have hundreds of pallets of MREs, hundreds of pallets of water, hundreds of pallets of disaster boxes, ”said Brian Greene, president of the Houston Food Bank.

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Houston Fire Department

The Houston Fire Department dispatched members to assist with the rescue effort.

Four firefighters were deployed to Louisiana as part of a Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System deployment to relieve an already taxed ambulance service. In addition to these members, eight firefighters from Houston were on duty as part of Texas Task Force One a few days ago.

Montgomery County

Six departments from Montgomery County are also helping by bringing equipment to our neighbors to the east to aid in recovery.

“I think it’s great. I think it is necessary. I think it’s our responsibility. We’re part of a system where we’ve agreed that the Montgomery County will be there to help when the time comes when we need to help other, other people, even in other states, ”said Mark Keough, judge of Montgomery County.

Around noon on Monday, Porter, South Montgomery County, Needham, North Montgomery County and Conroe left the Houston area for an assignment that will last about two weeks.

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Coast guard

“The Coast Guard is ready to respond to Hurricane Ida. We have a seizure and prepositioning of Coast Guard assets on either side of the possible counteraction. Those assets include helicopters, planes, flat water boats, cutters and boats in the area, ”said Lt. Kyndall Scheffey, the public information officer for the New Orleans Incident Command Post sector.

The New Orleans Coast Guard set up their operations control center in Houston to mitigate potential problems.

“We want to get a response asap and be five hours away, which allows us to do so and be out of the affected area,” said Scheffey.

CrowdSource

CrowdSource Rescue, a local nonprofit focused on natural disaster rescue, helped people during Hurricane Laura last year. Now they are back in southeast Louisiana ready to help people who have been left behind and their families may be concerned.

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You have already received quite a few requests to save people.

“Hurricane Ida is hugging things right now,” said Matthew Marchetti, executive director of CrowdSource Rescue.

Marchetti said they use boats and pallet trucks to rescue people trapped in homes.

“We’re trying to get them to the nearest shelter and most of them are the Red Cross refuges,” said Marchetti.

If you know someone in Louisiana who needs help, click here.

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