September 1, 2021 - San Diego-based International Relief Teams (IRT) is rushing 2,500 solar lanterns to victims of Hurricane Ida in Louisiana.
The Category-4 storm hit Louisiana on Sunday, August 29 and caused extensive damage across the state including a major power grid failure. Now, more than a million residents are without electricity, including all of the city of New Orleans. These widespread power outages are expected to last for weeks, if not months in some areas.
IRT is sending rechargeable solar lanterns to families who are without power. These lanterns will provide them with some semblance of security, and serve as a safer and longer-lasting alternative to hazardous candles or toxic kerosene. The lanterns also enable families to charge their laptops or cellphones, which can serve as acritical line of communication for them in the weeks and months ahead as they struggle to recover from this disaster.
This is IRT’s second shipment of relief supplies sent to Louisiana for Hurricane Ida relief. The first shipment contained $100,000 worth of ready-to-eat meals for families who have been left homeless or without power in the aftermath of the hurricane.
“We plan to not only help sustain these families now, but also to assist them in their recovery during the coming weeks and months ahead.” said Barry La Forgia, International Relief Teams’ Executive Director.
Donations to support victims of Hurricane Ida can be made at the following link: https://www.irteams.org/donate/hurricane-ida
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