Hurricane Ida: Funding Urgent Needs and Long-Term Recovery

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Hurricane Ida struck the southern coast of Louisiana on Sunday afternoon, Aug. 29. The National Weather Service described Ida as an extremely dangerous Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. The hurricane made landfall near Port Fourchon, Louisiana with 150 mph winds, before moving inland over Louisiana toward western Mississippi, across the Tennessee Valley, then advancing on a path to the Northeast, causing flooding, tornadoes and power outages across parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The storm has affected hundreds of thousands of people and left countless homeless. It will be months before we know the full scope and scale of damage from Hurricane Ida in communities throughout the United States. However, one thing is clear: Recovery from the catastrophic storm will take years.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) hosted a webinar to look at the impact of Hurricane Ida on communities along its path. Speakers shared the latest information, including urgent critical needs and gaps, and provided concrete takeaways for funders to effectively support relief and recovery efforts now underway.

While aimed at funders, this webinar may also be helpful for community organizations, government staff and political and faith leaders exploring similar questions in their work.

CDP President and CEO Patricia McIlreavy moderated the discussion and panelists included:

This webinar was co-sponsored by National Center for Family PhilanthropyThe Funders Network, United Philanthropy Forum, Council on Foundations, Southeastern Council of FoundationsGiving Compass, National VOAD, Philanthropy New York and Charity Navigator

Please see the slide deck and watch the webinar recording to learn more:

Photo: Hurricane Ida over the Gulf of Mexico approaching Louisiana. (Source: GOES-East NOAA)