The Austin Disaster Relief Network and the Austin Humane Society are asking for donations and supplies to support Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Ida. The Category 4 hurricane damaged homes and businesses, caused flooding, and wiped out some power grid infrastructure after making landfall on the southeastern Louisiana coast Aug. 29.

“It’s too soon to know how many people need help or how much damage Hurricane Ida leaves behind,” ADRN Executive Director Daniel Geraci said in a press release. “But the reports we’re getting from our friends and partner organizations in the area are simply heartbreaking. Our Louisiana neighbors will need emergency supplies and support right away as well as help rebuilding their homes for months to come. Austin’s network of churches is ready to stand in the gap and be good neighbors to those impacted by this storm.”

While crews are still working to assess the damage, Louisiana officials expect many southeastern residents of the state will be without power for weeks. The ADRN's goal is to raise $500,000. People can also help by creating survivor care kits by assembling blankets, hygiene essentials, towels and pillows. Additional information about these kits can be found online. The kits can be dropped off at ADRN Headquarters or the Hope Family Thrift Store, both located at 1122 E. 51st St., Austin. AHS is launching an emergency pet shelter and asking for donations, which will be matched up to $5,000 by the Andrew Delaney Foundation, or supplies from their wishlist.