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ERD Launches Full-Scale Response to Hurricane Katrina
9/1/2005

Biloxi, MS
Photo: Josh Norman  

Episcopal Relief and Development is launching a full-scale, multi-state response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.  We responded immediately to the crisis, sending over $100,000 in emergency funds to four dioceses affected by the hurricane.  More emergency assistance will likely follow as we keep in close contact with our local partners.

The affected dioceses are using the funds to help meet critical needs:

  • The Diocese of Central Gulf Coast is helping local parishes to meet emergency housing and food needs in their communities.

  • Priests in the Diocese of Louisiana are working tirelessly to support congregants who have been devastated by the hurricanes and flooding.  The funds in this diocese will go toward food, shelter, medical supplies, and other immediate needs.

  • In the Diocese of Western Louisiana, ERD is supporting evacuees from New Orleans and other areas.  Congregations are housing and caring for individuals and families, including 200 people displaced from nursing homes.

  • Parishes in the Diocese of Mississippi are becoming disaster shelters.  ERD support is helping to provide food, water, and other basic needs.  With ERD’s partnership, the Diocese is also deploying rescue trailers equipped with emergency supplies such as food, water, generators and chainsaws.

ERD is currently mobilizing for the second phase of its response.  An ERD assessment team is on its way to the affected region, where they will join local diocesan partners in conducting needs assessments and planning ERD’s ongoing response.

ERD’s long-term response will focus on the most vulnerable populations, like children, the elderly and disabled, the uninsured, and the undocumented -- people who might otherwise fall through the cracks. 

A full recovery might take months or even years.  ERD is committed to helping people reconstruct their homes, rebuild communities, and resume normal lives.

For more details about the ERD and the Episcopal Church’s response to Hurricane Katrina, please check the Hurricane Katrina Crisis Center on our Web site.  The center will be continually updated with new information, personal accounts, and other resources.