August 31, 2021 – Early on August 31, Heart to Heart International deployed its Mobile Medical Unit and advance team of medical and logistics personnel to respond to the damage caused by Hurricane Ida. The team has tetanus vaccines, medications, medical supplies and hygiene kits to help people who have been impacted by this storm.
August 29, 2021 – Hurricane Ida became a Category 4 storm early Sunday morning, rapidly intensifying to sustained winds of 150 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.
The hurricane has quickly increased in intensity, threatening to be an “extremely dangerous major hurricane” when it makes its projected landfall along the Louisiana coast Sunday afternoon — on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
The National Hurricane Center is warning of damaging winds, life-threatening storm surge, and heavy rainfall. Residents who have not evacuated are advised to shelter in place.
Heart to Heart International has responded to hurricanes in this area in the past, including Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Laura last year. The disaster response team has been reaching out to partner clinics and organizations in the area to determine what help will be needed. We are monitoring the storm and are prepared to respond.