Hurricane Ida: Facts, FAQs and How to Help

Last updated August 29, 2021

On the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Ida slammed into Louisiana as one of the most powerful storms on record to hit the state.

Hurricane Ida packed winds as high as 150 mph when it made landfall and has left nearly 1 million people without power, so far, along with a trail of destruction in its wake. 

Here's what you need to know about the devastating storm and how to support children and families in need of help.


How strong was Hurricane Ida?
How the climate crisis impacting children?
How is Save the Children responding to Hurricane Ida?
How can I help children and families impacted by Hurricane Ida?

How strong was Hurricane Ida?

Hurricane Ida packed winds as high as 150 mph when it made landfall on August 29, 2021 on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. 

How is the climate crisis impacting children?

Severe weather events can destroy or disrupt infrastructure critical to children’s well-being, including schools, health facilities and transportation. 

While climate change affects people everywhere, those who have contributed the least to the crisis—children, those in poverty, and future generations—are the most affected.

Extreme temperatures leave many families living in poverty with less food, less clean water, lower incomes and worsening health.

How is Save the Children responding to Hurricane Ida?

Save the Children’s emergency response team is mobilizing to meet the most urgent needs of children living in areas that will be hardest hit by Hurricane Ida.

Having pre-positioned critical supplies before the storm, Save the Children stands ready to provide essential items to help impacted families continue to care for their children – including hygiene kits, diapers, wipes and portable cribs.

Our emergency response staff is coordinating with national and state partners to assess children’s immediate needs in response to Hurricane Ida. Save the Children will be collaborating with local education partners in Louisiana and Mississippi to help restore child care and early learning centers that may be impacted by Hurricane Ida.

How can I help children and families impacted by Hurricane Ida?

You can help by contributing to Save the Children’s Hurricane Ida Children’s Relief Fund, which will help provide desperately needed relief to families impacted by the storm


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