CRISIS UPDATE: HURRICANE DELTA OCTOBER 2020

Last Updated: October 12, 8:30am EST

Which area is affected?

More than 400,000 households and businesses were in the dark Sunday morning after Hurricane Delta, which hammered Louisiana, weakened to a post-tropical cyclone and headed across the Southeast.

Most of the customers without electricity were in Louisiana, where the hurricane made landfall. The state had about 250,000 outages as of Sunday evening, according estimates from poweroutage.us. More than 40,000 customers in Texas were without power, while Mississippi reported more than 21,000 outages.

Almost 6,000 were without power in Georgia and South Carolina, where Delta was dumping rain Sunday before moving up the East Coast.


How many brothers and sisters live in the affected area?

Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the storm’s path. There are also 70 – 80 brothers and sisters who could potentially be affected in Louisiana. We’ve heard from two Brothers and Sisters and both indicated they are safe.


How can we help the affected communities?

  1. The Garden Outreach Team is here to help you – if you are able, depending on your circumstances – to reach out to your neighbors at a time when they most need your help.Donating to your local food bank or providing existing charities with hygiene packs are just two ways to help neighbors in desperate need.
  2. We can provide a grant to get you started, as well as guidance about what to do. Complete this short application form to get the ball rolling.
  3. This list of organizations preparing to help with hurricane relief can guide you further as to where your support is needed:
    • The American Red Cross is still on the ground as thousands of people remain in emergency lodging following Hurricane Laura. The non-profit will continue to provide emergency housing, relief supplies, and medical care as needed.
    • Americares has an emergency pharmacy stocked with essential medicines, vaccines, and medical supplies. The health-focused relief and development organization is also prepared to assist safety-net health centers that sustain storm damage.
    • Direct Relief is responding with medical aid as needed for communities affected by the storm.
    • Mercy Chefs has deployed its teams to feed those impacted in Louisiana.

Are you there?

If you’re in – or know of someone in – the affected area – please provide us a with a brief update that we can share with our community.

We look forward to our Lord’s return, when hurricanes and disasters will be a thing of the past. In the meantime:

“whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith” (Galatians 6:10)

If there is anything more we can do to help, please contact: ​initiatives@thegardenoutreach.org