Hurricane Ida made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, hitting the southeastern part of the state with destructive winds and rainfall that have caused widespread damage throughout the region.

And after hitting the mainland, remnants of Ida made their way north to the Philadelphia region, bringing severe wind and rain that has caused massive flooding and damage throughout the area. The death toll in Ida’s wake is continuing to rise, and more than 60,000 residents of the Philadelphia region were without power as of Thursday morning.

Many organizations are mobilizing to help with rescue and recovery. Here are ways to help:

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How to help: tips

  1. Make sure to give to an organization you trust. You can check out an organization on charity rating websites such as Charity Navigator, CharityWatch, or Guidestar, which evaluate nonprofits and recommend creditable charitable organizations. Charity Navigator, for example, has a list of more than a dozen recommended organizations that are responding in Louisiana and other states. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests choosing an organization through the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster coalition.

  2. Cash is better than goods. While seeing destroyed homes and businesses may prompt you to donate things like clothing, food, or other items, FEMA and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster both say that cash donations are the best way to help, and to never send unsolicited items. Some of the groups below are looking for donations of items.

  3. If you want to volunteer, go through trusted organizations. FEMA says online that you should never “self-deploy to disaster areas.”

  4. Give blood. Blood donations are often needed after a disaster. You can find out where to donate at redcrossblood.org.

Organizations helping victims of Ida

There are a number of organizations working to combat Hurricane Ida’s impact both locally and in the Louisiana area. If you know about any more local efforts helping people affected by Ida in the Philly region, please let us know.

Philly-area organizations

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Organizations in Louisiana

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National organizations

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