SBP’s Hurricane Ida Response

Our roots in New Orleans began six months after Hurricane Katrina. It’s our home base, our headquarters, and our original operating site. Over the last fifteen years, we’ve grown substantially as an organization, driven by a desire to prevent the suffering we observed in those early days. Our mission has grown to include resiliency work ahead of disaster, investing in the long-term recovery after, and government advocacy and policy in between, with the goal of shrinking the time between disaster and recovery for families who need it most. 

THE SITUATION IN SOUTHEAST LOUISIANA

Hurricane Ida made landfall as one of the most powerful storms in Louisiana history—not quite a Category 5 but close, with sustained winds of 150 mph. The storm was devastating, and thousands of families in the region are struggling with the uncertainty of what is to come.

OUR RESPONSE

SBP’s disaster response teams have crossed miles of broken roads to begin our long-term disaster recovery work in Ida-impacted communities. We are spread out from New Orleans to Terrebonne Parish putting our experience, people and systems in place to help these communities with long-term recovery. 

Our immediate response and recovery priorities are as follows:

  1. Partnering with local and regional organizations to establish contact lists and distribute water, ice and MREs as needed to impacted communities.
  2. Members of SBP’s disaster response teams are clearing debris and deploy muck and gut teams to remediate homes in New Orleans, Houma, LaPlace, and other communities in the river and bayou parishes.
  3. We’re assisting hundreds of thousands of impacted survivors to help them navigate recovery, including avoiding contractor fraud, maximizing insurance, and navigating FEMA through our Zoom webinars, in-person training, and our Equip app, enabled by AT&T.
  4. We’ll rebuild storm-damaged homes, as many as possible and as soon as possible, starting with the most vulnerable citizens, including seniors, veterans, and single parents. 
  5. We’re partnering with state, parish and municipal leaders in affected areas to ensure survivors and communities secure access to vital recovery resources, protect survivors from bad actors, and set clear and aggressive recovery goals to build back quickly and stronger than before.
  6. We will be there in the immediate aftermath until we’ve restored every last home we can. We’ve done this in Joplin after the tornados, in New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, and in all the other communities we’re still at work in across the U.S., Puerto Rico, and the Bahamas.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Volunteer

We are accepting volunteers to assist with SBP's Hurricane Ida response. Our volunteers play a critical role in our recovery efforts. Activities include mucking, gutting and debris removal.

Register HERE to join our efforts. For questions, reach out to volunteer@sbpusa.org or call (504) 473-5560.

Give

Please give a donation today to help families impacted by Hurricane Ida.