On August 27, 2020, Hurricane Laura hit Cameron, Louisiana, as a Category 4 storm. The storm brought 150 mph winds and damaging storm surges to an area that had not fully recovered from hurricane Katrina and Harvey.
Although state officials in both Texas and Louisiana issued an evacuation order to over 1.5 million residents, some of the communities in the evacuation zones are among the poorest in their respective states. As a result, some residents had to make the tough decision to shelter in place.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic further complicated the situation. COVID-19 has lead to an overstressed medical system and fewer shelters being available. According to the Texas Tribune, some shelters were already full ahead of the storm and officials were scrambling to secure more rooms for evacuees in hotels.
Several nonprofits and government agencies have mobilized to offer disaster relief assistance. But, as with any disaster relief effort, monetary donations are important to fund recovery efforts, and experts say this should be prioritized over contributing physical items – unless an organization requests specific things.
Disaster Relief Grants
Nonprofits, municipalities, and schools seeking additional funding to assist in the Hurricane Laura recovery effort should start their search for funding by clicking on the following link: – https://www.grantwatch.com/grant-search.php?keyword=Hurricane. Additionally, they may apply for the grants listed below:
- Grants to USA states and territories to address the impact of recent natural disasters.
- Grants ranging from $10,000 to $20,000 to USA public school libraries in multiple states that have been affected by a natural disaster.
- An indemnity program is available to USA livestock producers and owners to mitigate losses exceeding normal mortality due to adverse weather events, disease, and attacks by wild animals.
- Financial assistance is available to USA nursery tree growers and orchardists to rehabilitate and replace qualifying trees, vines, and bushes that have been damaged in natural disasters.
- Financial assistance to USA agricultural producers to mitigate crop losses due to natural disasters and adverse conditions resulting in low yields, inventory loss, or the prevention of crop planting.
- Grants to nonprofits, district organizations, Indian Tribes, IHEs, and state, county, and city governments in eligible counties to develop and implement disaster recovery plans. Funding is intended to address economic issues resulting from hurricanes.
- Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations serving children in eligible counties to provide support to communities in the wake of a recent natural disaster.
- Grants ranging from $2,500 to $5,000 to Texas public, academic, school, and special libraries experiencing damage in the wake of a natural disaster.