After watching weather updates on the Internet, IA workers launched a disaster response plan. The Spring Lake Township-based nonprofit organization filled two semitrailers with goods prior to the storm's strike.
Isaac hit land late Tuesday near the mouth of the Mississippi River and devastated parishes in southeastern Louisiana early Wednesday.
“We jumped on it when we saw it was coming,” IA President and CEO Brian Anderson said “With our connections down there and having participated heavily in providing relief after Katrina, we were anticipating there would be some need.”
There were reports of floodwater depths of 5-7 feet in the Deep South and people being rescued from their rooftops.
If it all sounds familiar, it is — Isaac hit Louisiana on the day of Hurricane Katrina's seven-year anniversary.
IA is replaying the rescue scenario — shipping cleaning supplies, paper products, bottled water, boxes, soap, nutritional bars and other relief materials. Anderson estimates the value of each semi load at $2,000 to $3,000.
The first shipments are currently in Missouri, awaiting a designated drop-off location in the storm-ravaged area.
Residents who want to help with Isaac relief efforts can make online monetary donations at give2ia.org, or call 888-251-2502, or mail checks to: International Aid: Isaac Relief, 17011 Hickory St., Spring Lake, MI 49456.
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