October 20, 2020–This week, OpUSA shipped 25,000 protective masks to partners at Calcasieu Parish Police Jury in Lake Charles, Louisiana in support of those impacted by Hurricane Delta and other recent storms. We’re so pleased to be able to provide support as the Gulf Coast has been hit hard by storms this year. Your donations make our work possible, please visit give.opusa.org to give now.
October 8, 2020–Hurricane (now Tropical Depression) Delta made landfall in Louisiana last night–just six weeks after Hurricane Laura–bringing strong winds and heavy rain that today left more than 600,000 people without power. The storm is expected to move across Mississippi and into the Tennessee Valley tonight.
We are heartbroken to witness another devastating hurricane season in vulnerable communities across the South, especially as the ongoing pandemic limits safe access to shelters and makes clean up and recovery exponentially more challenging. Now more than ever, communities rattled by disasters are in need of support.
Currently, OpUSA’s staff is reaching out to partners across Louisiana and Texas–some of whom we’ve worked with since Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005–to learn more about damage and assess opportunities to provide aid. As much as funds and supplies allow, we will prepare to ship material aid to impacted communities and make cash grants to community-based organizations in need of recovery support. Please help us today with a gift at give.opusa.org.
October 7, 2020–Operation USA is currently monitoring Hurricane Delta. The Category 2 storm made landfall in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula early Wednesday and is now moving over the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to gain strength before making landfall along the United States’ Gulf Coast.
OpUSA has many ties to communities in Texas and Louisiana, where Delta is projected to have impact, as they are still recovering from many devastating back-to-back storms in recent years and months. We will connect with partners on the ground to monitor the storm and assess damage, and as opportunities allow, we will respond with cash grants to community-based organizations and material aid. Your donations make this possible.
Stay tuned for more updates.