Hurricane Laura Update 09-26-2020
We are now one month on from the arrival of Hurricane Laura which came ashore as a Category 4 Hurricane with wind speeds of 150 MPH. Laura came ashore near Cameron Louisiana and spread damage as far as Orange and Jasper counties in Texas.
It is a great feeling to be able to look into the Atlantic and not see any storms for a few days! We have also been blessed that Sally and T.S. Beta – while creating some havoc on their own, did not further impact the HUR Laura damage area.
As of yesterday morning we still have 14,800 evacuees in Hotel Shelters – about 1/3 are children.
This is down from 15,000 in my last report.
Today there are roughly 770 trained Red Cross disaster responders deployed on Hurricane Laura.
A reminder that we are using this strategy of Hotel sheltering, and minimizing any use of traditional sheltering (congregate shelters) to minimize the spread of COVID-19.
A couple of things have changed this week that should enable residents to return closer to their homes and further move from Response to Recovery.
As of this morning there were 3,800 customers without power, just last week this number stood at 36,000. So infrastructure is improving. [https://poweroutage.us/area/state/louisiana ]
If you would like to understand how the FEMA works in providing
I really recommend spending the 10 minutes to view this briefing from Calcasieu Parish: https://youtu.be/OYyWOGXOMrQ
Folks that need this assistance must start by registering: at https://www.disasterassistance.gov or (800) 621-3362.
State Resources are also available:
TX: https://gov.texas.gov/hurricane , and
Red Cross Resources
Over and above sheltering and Feeding Red Cross is providing a couple of additional programs for recovery resources:
Red Cross Shelter Resident Transition program: This program helps to reduce the roadblocks that may be preventing return of clients from shelters. This program is specific to clients in shelters. Making shelter residents aware of whole community resources that are available, as well as specific assistance for return needs.
Red Cross Individual Assistance: Any Laura impacted family whose home suffered major damage or destroyed is contacted by Red Cross to receive immediate financial assistance, as well as other forms of recovery planning, health resources, and referrals. http://redcross.org/laura
Feeding: With the return of power and other resources (restaurants opening, ...) we are in the process of demobilizing our mobile feeding programs and kitchens. Hotel Shelter feeding continues.
Katie's expecting, and her birthing plan did not include a Hurricane! Picking up a meal at a Hotel Shelter.
Red Cross Response snapshot:
care contacts include Health, Mental Health, Spiritual Care, as
well as replacing prescription medications, eyeglasses or other
The Red Cross will be in Louisiana and
Texas for as long as it takes, working beside Disaster response
partners to help people rebuild their lives.
As always, thank you for being our great partner in Disaster Response since 1935!
And thank you for taking a few moments away from the CQ Worldwide RTTY DX Contest to read this update (goodness knows I can't find a free frequency to send that Vara HF check in ; - )
Best Kevin @KF5FUZAmerican Red Cross