How CT Residents Can Help Victims of Louisiana Floods

When Hurricane Sandy struck New England in 2012, the storm caused so much widespread damage to the state of Connecticut that we were granted emergency assistance from the Federal government in the form of hundreds of National Guardsmen who came to our state to help us in our time of need. Any Connecticut resident can remember the havoc wrought by Sandy four years ago; all of our roads were closed, a huge amount of property was destroyed, and both mandatory and partial evacuations took place across the state of Connecticut. It was a dark time for our state, and some parts of Connecticut have still not fully recovered, years later, much like the state of Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

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Louisiana flood victims are in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

Unfortunately, recent rainfall and subsequent historic flooding in Louisiana have decimated the state for a second time, necessitating emergency rescue and widespread evacuations of residents across the state who have lost their homes and belongings to Mother Nature once again. It’s easy to turn a blind eye to the state of emergency that Louisiana is in right now, but in light of the fact that we know what it’s like to be hit by a terribly destructive storm, Connecticut residents should consider contributing to charities that are currently on the ground in Louisiana offering support to those in need.

The American Red Cross in Louisiana, in particular, has mobilized to offer practical assistance in the form of providing food and shelter to those in need of these basic resources. You can donate directly to the Red Cross by going to their website at this link and choosing to send your money to the cause named “Louisiana Floods.” If you’d like to donate from your phone, simply text ‘LAFLOODS’ to the Red Cross at 90999 to donate $10 to their efforts.

If you’d like to physically volunteer down in Louisiana, a worthwhile organization to work with is Operation Blessing International, which has dispatched volunteers to help clean up Louisiana and recover and feed victims of the floods who have not yet received the aid they so desperately need right now.

Lastly, there are hundreds of animal shelters in Louisiana that are partially or completely underwater, which has caused the displacement of thousands of animals who need your help, as well. Visit NOLA.com at this link to see a partial list of animal shelters who desperately need donations of money and supplies to help the furry victims of these record-breaking floods – every little bit helps.