FRONTLINE RESOURCE MOBILIZATION PAGE
This webpage will be updated to serve as a central information source for frontline-to-frontline direct resource & support mobilization.
Hurricane Ida has left a devastating track of damage, with landfall on Sunday, August 29 at Category 4 strength on the same day Hurricane Katrina hit 16 years ago. The South Louisiana was also devastated during 2020’s hurricane season with Hurricanes Laura, Delta and Zeta.
This region is also one of the epicenters of the petro-chemical industry adding an even more frightening element to the recovery process. The land and water will surely be (further) toxified from the damage caused due to flooding from the storm surge, high velocity wind (up to 150 mph), in addition to possible chemical spills, flares and fires.
This all occurring in the midst of the Delta surge in the pandemic impacting black and brown people the most, where community recovery efforts will need to take into account safe physical distancing and maintaining all public health best practices.
WHERE TO DONATE
Here are some local folks we encourage giving to directly:
- RISE St. James
- Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi Chitimacha Choctaw
- United Houma Nation
- Pointe-Aux-Chien Indian Tribe
- Grand Caillou/Dulac Band
- Atakapa Ishak Tribe
- Bvlbancha Public Access list of tribes in Louisiana
Below is a shared list for the challenging short, medium and long term work ahead
If you are purchasing goods to distribute for immediate use, prioritize medical & personal products, cleanup and household supplies will be needed once water levels lower.
- Basic toiletries – toothbrushes, toothpaste, period products (diva cups, pads, tampons etc), hair care, soap, lotion, talcum powder
- Sleeping bags, pillows, blankets
- Baby formula and baby food (MREs do not meet nutritional needs of infants), breast pumps, bottles, bottled water, diapers (cloth or disposable), carriers, strollers, car seats
- Children’s toys, games, puzzles, cards, books, art supplies
- Nonperishable, high nutrient density food
- New, seasonally appropriate clothes of all sizes (for humid, hot weather)
- Wheelchairs, walkers, canes, catheters, alcohol wipes, and “diapers” for adults/larger kids with disabilities
rapid covid at-home test kits (Abbott’s BinaxNOW is one option), herbal medicines/tinctures, vitamins, mosquito repellent,ice packs, catheters, colostomy bags, clean needles, bandages (especially the waterproof kinds, NexCare is a good brand), gauze, medical tape (plastic and paper), nitrate medical gloves, antiseptic cleaners, pain relief, sanitizer, tweezers, muscle pain relief balms/ointments, cold remedy (this is just a start. many medical donations would be helpful)
CLEAN UP SUPPLIES
- Storage – plastic tubs, contractor bags, boxes, buckets, tarps, duct tape, sharpies
- Work tools – especially for demolition: hammers, axes, shovels, crowbars, tarps, screwdrivers, drills, box cutters and extra blades, crowbars, screwdrivers, drills, wheelbarrows, wire cutters, ladders
- Cleaning supplies – heavy duty respirator masks (n95 or better), knee high rubber/rain boots, rubber gloves and thick work gloves, bleach, mops, brooms, rakes, garbage bags (especially large contractor bags), sponges, towels, heavy duty paper towels
- Mold remediation supplies – borax, tea tree oil or vinegar are herbal products that eliminate black mold, as well as commercial “mold control”/other concrobium/ specifically mold-remediation products which tend to go quickly in affected sites.
- Pest Control Supplies- Fire Ant poison, Diatomaceous earth or other alternatives, Mosquito repellent,
HEALTH AND HOUSEHOLD SUPPLIES
- Dehumidifiers, fans, flashlights, lanterns – especially solar powered
- Solar power chargers, long-lasting/heavy duty/water-resistant power sticks, batteries of all kinds
- Dog food and emergency pet supplies like leashes, flea medicine
- Large coolers, large cooler bags
- Relevant and useful gift cards: ACE Hardware, Lowes, Target, Whole Foods, Fresh Market, Trader Joes, Rouses, Walgreens, CVS – *** bonus to support local POC-owned businesses and get gift cards from places like Big Easy Market, IDEAL Market, King & Queen Emporium, Hong Kong Market and International Market. ***
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