On the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, August 29, Hurricane Ida struck Louisiana with 150 mph winds as a Category 4 Hurricane. Ida formed in the Caribbean on Friday, August 27, and strengthened at frightening speed. One of the worst storm to strike the area since the 1850s made landfall at 11:55 A.M CT near Port Fourchon, Louisiana.
In advance of the storm, Americares contacted more than 20 partner clinics in Louisiana and Mississippi with offers of assistance. In the storm’s wake, we have offered assistance to dozens of health centers, national and local response organizations in four states. Requests are already coming in for bottled water, durable medical equipment and hygiene kits. Americares maintains an emergency pharmacy stocked with essential medicines, vaccines and medical supplies that can be delivered quickly in times of crisis. The health-focused relief and development organization is also prepared to provide flash grants to damaged health centers serving low-income and uninsured residents.
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