Hurricanes Gustav & Ike: Disaster Response in the Gulf Coast, USA

On September 1, 2008, Hurricane Gustav made landfall in the US as a strong Category 2 hurricane causing widespread physical damage, power outages and flooding across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Just two weeks later, Hurricane Ike hit the Gulf Coast, severely flooding many communities and causing additional power outages and damage.

The storms were responsible for the deaths of 74 people in the United States, with physical damage estimates ranging in the tens of billions of dollars.

Operation USA’s response to the devastation began immediately following Hurricane Gustav with a shipment of antibiotics and heart medications to twenty community health clinics throughout Mississippi and Louisiana. Following Hurricane Ike, OpUSA provided the Texas Association of Community Health Centers (TACHC) with funds to purchase much needed over-the-counter medications for area health clinics and purchased a 25KVA generator for the South Central Houston Community Clinic to aid its service for its low-income community.