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Communities in Need
While New Orleans was largely spared from the devastion of Hurricane Gustav, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Terrebonne Parish and Lafourche Parish suffered extensive flooding and wind damage. For coastal Louisiana, this bad situation was exacerbated by the storm surge and winds from Hurricane Ike. We are waiting for more information about the effects of Hurricane Ike in Southwest Louisiana. Here are ways to get more information and find out what you can do to help.
- Pointe-au-Chien Tribal Community: When the eye of Hurricane Gustav ripped through their community, almost every house in lower Pointe-au-Chien was damaged or destroyed. Find out how you can assist in the relief effort.
- United Houma Nation: Find out how to contribute to The United Houma Nation's struggle to rebuild after Hurricane Gustav.
- Baton Rouge: The website for The Advocate newspaper and WBRZ-TV provides the latest information about curfews, power restoration, school openings and other important recovery news for the Baton Rouge area.
- Lafayette: Check the websites for The Times of Acadiana and The Advertiser newspaper and KLFY-TV for storm updates from Lafayette.
- Cameron Parish and Calcasieu Parish: Get updates on damage and recovery from Hurricane Ike in Cameron and Lake Charles, Lousiana at KPLC-TV.
- Houston: Get the latest Ike recovery info at the Houston Chronicle website, and find out where to get help or donate in the Houston area at the Official Harris County Home Page.
How to Help
If you are able to volunteer or donate money or supplies, here is a list of some of the organizations that are working to help Louisiana communities recover from the effects of Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
- Hurricane Info Wiki: List of charitable organizations accepting donations for providing aid after Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
Gustav and Ike Forum
Go to our new Gustav and Ike Forum if you want to:
- let us know that your business is open,
- locate a specific musician who evacuated for the storm,
- post information about specific Louisiana communities in need,
- share your Gustav/Ike experiences, or
- discuss the recovery process.
Hurricane Recovery Resources
Here are some resources that you may find useful in your own recovery from Hurricanes Gustav and Ike.
- WWOZ's Musicians Resources page: Find information about organizations that provide assistance to musicians, including housing, legal and medical help, instrument replacement, grants, business opportunities and more.
- FEMA: Register for temporary housing and rebuilding assistance and for help with disaster-related expenses.
- Red Cross Safe and Well List : If you have been affected by a disaster, this website provides a way for you to register yourself as “safe and well.” Concerned family and friends can search the list and get messages from you.
- Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the American Red Cross: Information on emergency shelters, food distribution points and other recovery assistance.
- Local Red Cross and Meal Sites List on NOLA.com: The latest federal, state and local recovery assistance listed on NOLA.com's Hurricane News and Storm Tracking page.
- Helpline Numbers in Louisiana: Information on locations of emergency shelters and state and local helplines for Louisiana.
- emergency.louisiana.gov: The latest state information on school and business openings, points of distribution of ice, water, tarps and food, debris removal and more.
- gustavinfo.org: List of resources and information related to Hurricane Gustav, created by the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center in partnership with the Equity and Inclusion Campaign and in solidarity with the many advocacy efforts going on at this time.
Places to Discuss Gustav and Ike
Here are some places on the web where people can talk about the storm and their recovery.