American Red Cross Hurricane Laura Update 10/03/2020
Continued improvements in Louisiana’s infrastructure have enabled parishes and the State of Louisiana to accept returning evacuees from Texas. The current plan is that any Evacuees that wish to return will do so this weekend.
Currently we have folks in Hotel Shelters in Houston, Austin, and DFW areas. We have contacted all the residents that have no damage, minor, or affected properties and provided resources and/or transportation to return home. Evacuees that had Major Damage or Destroyed homes and have not worked out temporary housing with FEMA or other resources, will qualify for shelters in Louisiana.
Since the Texas Red Cross
sheltering operation will cease
after this weekend, this will probably be my last update. However, Area Command
will shift to Louisiana & East Texas. The recovery and long
recovery will continue there.
that in East Texas we had more than 500 Major Damaged and
Destroyed dwellings. Louisiana suffered more damage with more
than 11,000 dwellings that were major damage or destroyed.
From my experience long term recovery will take years.
I have been fairly Texas centric in my numbers, but let me summarize the cumulative numbers for the LA+TX effort since 8/27:
⛑️ 2600 volunteers, 620 currently deployed on the ground.
🛏️ 584k Red Cross Supported overnight shelter stays
🍱 1.4M Meals & snacks
🧳 192k Emergency relief & clean up items
⚕️ 34k Individual Care Contacts
🕵️ 62k Dwelling Detailed Damage assessments
evacuees remain in hotel shelters (down from 14,800 in my last
Most of these folks have had their lives turned upside down, and are more than ready to return home, relocate, repair, or rebuild.
If someone returns home and disagrees with our damage assessment, or sees an issue like mold, they have phone numbers to call and procedures to follow to reengage government and Red Cross resources for assistance.
Special Red Cross programs for Individual financial assistance and Shelter Resident Transition which I describe in my last update are still available. More info is available at redcross.org/laura
Times change. I have attached
an example of a flyer with QR codes. FYI.
Let me know if you have any questions!