How one can assist Houston support teams dashing to assist Hurricane Ida victims

On the same day that Hurricane Katrina struck 16 years earlier, Ida struck the Louisiana coast for 16 hours. The Category 4 hurricane that devastated the Gulf on Sunday afternoon, August 29, was definitively downgraded to a Category 4 hurricane by the US National Hurricane Center on Monday, August 30.

The wind hit 150 mph, a tie for the fifth largest hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland, according to the hurricane center. In the aftermath of Ida’s aftermath, a person is reported dead in Prairieville, a suburb of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, according to ABC News.

The entire city of New Orleans was without power on Sunday afternoon; The city’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness named on Twitter “catastrophic transmission damage” for the power failure.

According to CultureMap news partner ABC13, 1,000,000 Louisiana residents are now without power. To help, CenterPoint Energy has sent more than 70 employees to the region, the company discovered on Facebook.

“This thing is crazy,” Matthew Marchetti, founder of Houston-based aid organization CrowdSource Rescue, told CultureMap. “We have people [there] on the roofs of their homes with a wind of 90 mph. ”Deep water means CrowdSource teams cannot bring trailers into the area, helicopters cannot fly due to rain, and the flooding makes it impossible for light medium tactical vehicles to to get in, he adds. “So they’re pretty stuck.”

However, rescue teams from Houston are not deterred and are already on their way and have mobilized to help the Louisians. As in Harvey, these local, independent groups are often on the scene first and even help the Red Cross and other workers who arrive later.

Importantly, these Houston groups need financial support and the following items – either directly to their warehouses or through funds:

  • Generators

  • Chainsaws

  • Bottled water

  • Non perishable foods

  • Diapers

  • Animal feed

  • Toiletries

  • bleaching

  • cleaning supplies

Houstonians who want to help local rescue groups that operate with low overheads and administrative costs can donate directly to:

The auxiliary band
Website: Angel by nature
Text: RELIEF GANG up to 707070
The Relief Gang was founded by Houston rapper Trae Tha Truth and DJ Mister Rogers and provides daily and weekly help to needy locals and neighbors of the state during storms. Armed with a fleet of “some of the best monster trucks in the world,” Trae CultureMap says he and his team will work 24/7 and sleep in their trucks.

The aid gang will also be accepting donations at a warehouse this week (check website for updates).

Trae and his team have worked through Harvey, Winter Storm Uri and are determined to help anyone in need. “We’ll keep paying,” he says. “You never know when we will need help again, so we show up.”

Website: CrowdSourceRescue
Marchetti’s group became social and media stars thanks to rapid mobilization, delegation, and connection during countless storms. As a veteran of 18 hurricanes, Marchetti has compassion for his neighbors.

“We had a special relationship,” he says. “Louisiana is one of the poorer states that has been throwing crap out for two years.” He adds that over time he has become particularly concerned about people with disabilities and the elderly, and that this storm could cost “50 billion” .

While on site, Marchetti’s group is accepting funds through the website and will be collecting donations at a warehouse in Midtown (see website for updates). “We saw what happened to Katrina,” says Marchetti. “It’s time our generation didn’t screw this up – we won’t let that happen again.”

Donate or voluntarily: Call 833-999-2911 or email
Under the motto “When nobody can”, this Baytown group was founded in the wake of Harvey and has members of the military, fire departments, paramedics, law enforcement agencies and other first responders.

In 19 tropical missions, the Disaster Rescue Response Specialists team has rescued hundreds from natural and man-made disasters. Donations are welcome; The group is primarily looking for volunteers who are ready to work.

City of Hope

Website: Hope City Online
Known for its rapid response to disasters, this Houston area church has already mobilized a “Convoy of Hope” in northern Louisiana with 19 truckloads of relief supplies. Mercy Chefs will provide first responders and the community with food and water.

Mutual Aid Houston

Website: Mutual Aid Houston
The BIPOC-focused group is committed to helping low-income locals in need quickly and without the hassle of the FEMA approval process. Now the organization will help the people of Louisiana and is also a top resource for connecting with local BIPOC-focused groups in Louisiana.

Meanwhile here in Houston Gallery furniture and Lakewood Church house displaced Louisians who need a place to sleep.

Kroger has partnered with Gallery Furniture on a program whereby customers can donate durable aid bags at any Kroger store or donate at any Gallery furniture store. These donations will be delivered along with watercraft later this week, led by Gallery Furniture’s flood vehicle.

Houston Food Bank needs volunteers to build disaster boxes with essential food and supplies. Morning, afternoon, and evening shifts are available; Register online.

Chris Shepherds Southern Smoke Foundation stands ready to assist Gulf Coast food and beverage workers in crisis situations by encouraging these workers to apply for emergency funds online – once they are able to quantify storm damage and needs.

Space cowboy A relief operation for Hurricane Ida is being held at the Heights House Hotel on Thursday, September 2nd. The participants are asked to hand in the above mentioned relief supplies (no heavy equipment). Those who donate receive red beans and rice for free. Space Cowboy is also looking for volunteer drivers to assist with deliveries to Baton Rouge on Friday September 3rd. To register, send an email to

Market Square Tower Downtown (777 Preston St.) accepts the above relief supplies (no heavy equipment; board games and children’s toys are recommended) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., now through September 2nd.

In addition, ABC13 has a. rounded up List of areas where Louisiana visitors can find food and water.

Speaking of Louisiana visitors, the esteemed homeless shelter in Houston Texas State House is helping relocate and house 60 homeless New Orleans youths as the Covenant House New Orleans currently has no power. Covenant House Texas (1111 Lovett Blvd.) is in dire need of a cash donation (donate here) or supplies above. Deliveries must be new and can include:

  • Cots

  • Personal care sets (toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, combs, brushes, nail clippers, soap, shampoo, conditioner)

  • Digital thermometer

  • N95 masks

  • laundry detergent

  • Towels and washcloths

  • Pillow cases

  • Double sheet sets

  • Cover

  • Snacks

  • Bottled water

  • Men’s boxer shorts – all sizes, all colors

  • T-shirts – all sizes, all colors

Exclusive furniture has opened all seven of its retail locations and a distribution center as drop-off points for the delivery of toiletries, tarpaulins, cleaning products, baby diapers and baby food. Exclusive Furniture also donates:

  • 10,000 water bottles

  • 5,000 rolls of toilet paper

  • 50 double mattresses

  • Additional toiletries (baby wipes, diapers, baby food, and toiletries) will be collected during the weekend Labor Day Drive

“We have partnered with a boots-on-the-ground disaster relief nonprofit, the Global Empowerment Mission, and $ 10,000 of our proceeds from the sale of this Labor Day weekend will go directly to those hardest hit,” Sam Zavary, CEO of Exclusive Furniture, said in a statement.

Valobra master jewelers is partnering with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Foundation, Harris County Precinct 1 and St. Anne’s Catholic Community to deliver Hurricane Ida relief through Wednesday, September 8th.

Donations of supplies and non-perishable food (see suggested articles above) to the store (2150 Westheimer Rd.) Will be shipped directly to the New Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office and distributed to Hurricane Ida residents by the sheriff’s deputies.

CultureMap will update this article.

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