Hurricane Ida, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Southeastern Louisiana on August 29, bringing 150 mph winds and more than 17 inches of rain in some areas. As the storm weakened to a Tropical Depression it has also impacted parts of Mississippi as the heavy rain continue to move up through other parts of the south and onward toward the Northeast. Because of the storm, millions evacuated their homes due to massive flooding and other damage or are without power.
On behalf of the ANA/PSNA Board, Leadership, and Staff our thoughts and prayers are with our colleagues, members, and staff during this time.
As nurses and communities recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ida, here are some ways you can help.
- To volunteer, learn about eligibility from the American Red Cross and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
- To learn more about supporting the relief effort, visit https://www.fema.gov/disaster/volunteer-donate
Mental health support
For crisis counseling, SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential support to those experiencing emotional distress due to Hurricane Ida. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 or visit https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline.
Visit ANA’s Disaster Relief web page for information.