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Hurricane Ida Relief

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We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an immediate start date. If you or someone you know is interested, apply for our Hurricane Ida Relief Program.

Current Activities

Our initial assessment revealed that the communities of Ponchatoula, Kenner, and LaPlace needed assistance with tree removal, tarping, and muck and guts, so we focused our efforts in those areas. Our work to support the underserved communities in the area continues with a total of 80 jobs completed impacting 122 individuals. We are excited to announce that we will be transitioning to recovery efforts and are continuing our work supporting the communities affected by Ida in January 2022.

Our Work

Hurricane Ida devastated Louisiana as a category 4 hurricane on August 29, 2021, before continuing to leave a path of destruction through the eastern coast of the United States. On September 1, Ida slammed the northeastern United States with record breaking rainfall causing historic flood levels in New York and New Jersey. All Hands and Hearts responded to the immediate need in Louisiana by committing to a three month initial response program. Our teams focused on hazard tree removal, tarping and muck and gutting homes that were damaged by the storm. As we look to the new year, we plan on transitioning from response to long term recovery, staying through August 2022. We are currently accepting volunteer applications with an immediate start date.

Louisiana

Category 4 Hurricane Ida made landfall over the Port Fourchon community in Louisiana at about 11:55 am CT on August 29, 2021 – the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida was first observed as a tropical depression on August 26, after passing over Cuba as a category 1 hurricane, Ida underwent a rapid intensification, progressing to a category 4 hurricane by the time it made landfall in Louisiana.  Communities in Louisiana saw tropical storm conditions as early as Saturday evening and were hit by Ida on late Sunday evening, August 29, and into the morning of August 30. Wind speeds exceeding 150 mph were sustained for a total of 6 hours, twice the duration of the 125 mph sustained winds of Hurricane Katrina. There are over 2 million people who live in the affected area, and as of Monday morning, over 1.06 million are reported without power and over 18,000 people had already filed for federal aid.

While the levee system that protects New Orleans held during the hurricane, multiple towns outside its protection saw catastrophic flooding and storm surge. Fallen trees and debris litter the streets across Ida’s path.

All Hands and Heart stationed their Disaster Assessment and Response Team (DART) in Beaumont, Texas on August 27 in preparation for the storm and has already started moving towards the impacted areas to assess the damage and response needs. Two teams headed towards New Orleans along two different routes to cover more ground and gain a better understanding of the damage done by Ida. One team went west through Laplace and found widespread damage while the other team went east of Baton Rouge and found downed trees and potential roofs that needed tarping. On September 2, additional members joined the team in New Orleans and deployed to the New Orleans metropolitan area to meet with partners and conduct initial assessments.

All Hands and Hearts is prioritizing the compounding risk of COVID-19 and is able to leverage its experience of running disaster relief programs throughout the pandemic. We will remain focused on supporting communities in need, both responsibly and safely.

Due to the five named storms that made landfall in Louisiana in 2020, All Hands and Hearts had another team prepared to rapidly respond to Hurricane Ida. The Hurricane Laura Team was pulled back to the safety of San Antonio, Texas, in preparation for the storm. Now that it is safe, the team has returned to Dequincy and is prepared to provide any additional resources necessary to further respond to Ida.

On multiple fronts, we were prepared to respond immediately to Hurricane Ida and launch a program of volunteers and staff to support the impacts.

Since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, All Hands and Hearts has responded to 4 major disasters in Louisiana, including our current response and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Delta that hit Southeast Louisiana just one year ago.

Give your support to the communities affected by Hurricane Ida and either make a donation or apply to be a volunteer. For the most up-to-date information follow our Hurricane Ida Tracker.

Images show the movement of Hurricane Ida as it made landfall on August 29, 2021.

Northeast Impacts

Ida passed over the northeastern United States the evening of September 1, causing destructive tornadoes and historic levels of rainfall in areas that were already saturated by Hurricane Henri in late-August. In New York City, most city subway lines were suspended due to the flooding, and both New York and New Jersey declared a state of emergency. The rain was so extensive that for many parts of New York City, it is the first time in history that there has ever been a flash flood emergency warning.

Post-Cyclone Hurricane Ida Path
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Review our COVID-19 Safety Measures & Updates to learn about the new operational standards we’re implementing on program to safeguard the people in the communities we serve, volunteers and staff.

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Program Work

All Hands and Hearts Chainsawing

Chainsawing Chainsawing

After high-wind disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, impacted communities are often littered with fallen trees and debris. Our skilled chainsaw teams work together to remove fallen trees and branches that restrict access to homes, as well as fallen trees from around properties, making it safer for residents.

All Hands and Hearts Chainsawing

Chainsawing Chainsawing

After high-wind disasters, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, impacted communities are often littered with fallen trees and debris. Our skilled chainsaw teams work together to remove fallen trees and branches that restrict access to homes, as well as fallen trees from around properties, making it safer for residents.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal
All Hands and Hearts Debris Removal

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

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