Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 (nearly a Category 5) storm on Sunday, August 29, which was also the 16th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Ida made landfall in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, and a second landfall near Galliano, LA.

As Hurricane Ida strengthened in the Gulf and thousands of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Gulf Coast residents were evacuating, the Somebody Cares network of churches, ministries, and partners was already positioning to respond as soon as the storm passes.
“We’ve been in contact with friends and churches in Mississippi and Louisiana, as this is a widespread storm,” said Doug Stringer. “We will keep you posted once we know more once storm passes.”

The last few days, the SCA team had already been tracking Ida and was in communication with friends, partner churches, and organizations. On Saturday, Doug facilitated a Zoom call with relief partners to plan for possible scenarios and to access resources. The Somebody Cares grill team–which includes SCA Field Rep Mark Roye from SC San Antonio; Mike Lynch from Ally Force in Minneapolis; and Bob Ball from BloodNFire Muncie, Indiana–will position themselves in Southeast Texas on Sunday so they can enter the disaster area as soon as possible to provide hot meals and assessments. Long-time partner CRI is already stationed near the area, ready to deploy as well.

“We know it’s always important to plan ahead so we can be positioned to move as quickly as possible,” Doug said.

Church and ministry partners located throughout the Gulf–such as Antioch Missions/Acts of Mercy in Baton Rouge and New Orleans; Healing Place in Baton Rouge; Church of the King in New Orleans and Baton Rouge; and Resurrection Life/Somebody Cares Picayune, Miss.–have identified resources and facilities they can offer to serve their communities.

As always, SCA seeks to identify and empower local churches who share a Kingdom mindset, are working to reach their communities with the love of Jesus, and will be able to serve their neighbors for the long-term.

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