September 1, 2020–Operation USA is continuing to assess needs in Louisiana and Texas in the wake of Hurricane Laura. We are in contact with partners on the ground in New Orleans, and are preparing to deliver material aid as opportunities allow. Donations at this time allow OpUSA to make cash grants to community-based organizations in hard-hit areas, and to deliver material aid, like protective masks, where it is needed. Thank you for your support! Donate here.
August 26, 2020–According to the National Hurricane Center, Hurricane Laura is now forecast to be an “extremely dangerous” Category 4 storm when it makes landfall along the Gulf Coast later this afternoon. As Laura continues to intensify today–currently a Category 3 storm with winds topping 125mph and the threat of a deadly storm surge and catastrophic flash flooding–more than 750,000 people have been ordered to evacuate.
Directly in Hurricane Laura’s path are already-vulnerable communities in Louisiana and Texas which continue to recover from previous major storms, including Katrina in 2005 and Harvey in 2017, and which have also been severely impacted by the deadly COVID-19 pandemic. With fewer available shelter sites and already overloaded medical systems, this dangerous storm will exacerbate fragile conditions.
Operation USA is closely monitoring Hurricane Laura and mobilizing to deliver aid–particularly in areas where we already have established partnerships, such as the greater Houston and New Orleans areas. We know all too well how devastating a storm of this size can be, and are anticipating unprecedented conditions in Laura’s wake due to the ongoing pandemic. Donations at this time will enable OpUSA to quickly deliver in-kind material aid and to distribute cash grants to hard hit community-based organizations on the ground in impacted communities. Your donations are critical at this time.
We are currently seeking bulk corporate donations of relevant relief supplies. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Cash donations are also critical at this time. Please visit give.opusa.org to help now.
Get the latest news and updates on Hurricane Laura here.