This disaster relief fund will support people impacted by Hurricane Laura in the form of emergency aid like food, water, medicine, and shelter. The fund will remain open to provide long-term assistance as needed. As the path and severity of the storm shifts, so will our response to ensure aid gets where it is most needed. All donations to this fund will exclusively support communities and first responders impacted by Hurricane Laura.
Hurricane Laura left a path of destruction along the Louisiana and Texas coast after making landfall as a Category 4 storm in the early hours of Thursday, August 27. At least 16 people have been reported dead. Winds up to 150 mph and extensive flooding slammed the Gulf Coast in what was the strongest storm for the region in more than a century. Hundreds of thousands remain without water and power as recovery efforts continue.
All donations to this fund will support recovery and relief efforts after Hurricane Laura. Initially, funds will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. The fund will later transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run primarily by local, vetted organizations in the communities affected in the United States and the Caribbean.
We believe that organizations that are deeply rooted in local communities are in the best position to provide long-term support for survivors of natural disasters like Hurricane Laura. By funding the relief efforts of local organizations, donations to this fund have the potential to build stronger response capacity so that these organizations are better equipped to face future challenges. GlobalGiving will post reports about how funds have been used and will email these reports to donors.