- Posted September 3, 2012 by
New Orleans, Louisiana
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Isaac soaks the Gulf coast
Hurricane Isaac victims struggling.
The storm has passed but the path of Isaac left destruction that will take months or years for some to recover from. People lost homes, possessions, pets and family members. Thousands are still without power. The weather is hot. One elderly man succumbed to the heat yesterday.
Plaquemines Parish is one of the worst hit areas. They are still searching for people stranded by the flooding. Shelters, rescue centers and free kitchens have been set up in many areas by relief agencies, government agencies and volunteers. The Occupy Isaac Relief Distribution Network has been working around the clock to streamline the distribution of supplies to the Community Kitchen, Food Not Bombs kitchens, and the Common Grounds Clinic.
I got involved with these dedicated activists through an online listserve and have been able to help remotely with communications, donation collection and sourcing of supplies including insect repellent, which is a huge need for the people in the flooded areas. West Nile is a serious threat and will get worse as time goes by.
These Occupy activists have shown an impressive display of coordinated effort. Some of them are seasoned disaster relief professionals and volunteers. Some are logistical experts. Some are sacrificing sleep and their health to keep the channels flowing.
They are prepared to be down in Louisiana and other hard hit areas, helping displaced people for weeks and months to come. Rebuilding is a slow and laborious process. It can't be done overnight.
Thank you to the heroes who step forward during disasters to make those who have lost so much have an easier time recovering from loss and grief.
Please donate to the charity of your choice to help the victims of Hurricane Isaac. Here is the Occupy Isaac donation page that has been set up to provide supplies to those helping the needy. Thank you.
Here's another way to help:
LINKS: Donation Page: https://www.wepay.com/donations/occupy-nola-donation-fund-for-hurricane-isaac
Interoccupy Hub: http://interoccupy.net/occupyisaac/
Twitter Handle: @occupy_isaac
Common Ground Clinic: http://www.commongroundclinic.org/j15/
Common Ground Relief: http://www.commongroundrelief.org/home
Food Not Bombs: http://www.foodnotbombs.net/
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Photos from the Hurricane Isaac Recovery facebook page.
Thanks for reading!