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URGENT: Hurricane Ida Reservist Deployment Alert!

September 2, 2021


Dear HFI Reservist,

Hurricane Ida made landfall on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane producing 150 mph winds. The storm brought a ferocious wave of damage through Houma, Louisiana, heading north between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Ida made landfall on the 16th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina -- bringing back difficult memories for homeowners.

Hope Force landed in Houma in a community that has been hit hard with wind damage. Our focus here over the next several weeks will be applying tarps to roofs and connecting with homeowners, offering the ministry of presence…walking with them as they struggle in their community that will be without power or water for several weeks in the Louisiana hot sun.

From Joey Stoltzfus, HFI Disaster Services Director: “There are so many people who are desperately trying to get their houses covered before the next storm system comes in.  Not only do they have to go through the trauma of a historical hurricane on the anniversary of Katrina, but now they have the contents of their houses exposed to the elements. Many people are also trying to help their elderly parents and grandparents in addition to their own needs, all the while trying to get back to work…but they need help.”

We are looking for immediate availability, and are uncertain as to how long the deployment window will last.

If you are available, please REPLY HERE



What You Need to Know:

  • Housing: Plan to sleep on the floor – bring mats/cots & sleeping gear
  • Meals: Provided by Hope Force

What you need to do now:

  • Conduct a self-assessment: "Is this a good time for me to consider deploying?"
  • Pray about participating
  • If you may be available, REPLY HERE  to this with the following:
  1. Name
  2. Email Address
  3. Cell Phone Number
  4. Date of availability (as best you know)
  • Prepare your deployment gear & supplies
  • Communicate with family, friends and employer about possible deployment.  (They may even want to support you in this adventure. If they want a tax receipt, they can give online on the website and mark in "special notes":  (put your name in here) Hurricane Ida Response
  • Complete any unfinished paperwork immediately, including a background check, if you have not already done so with Hope Force. (Details to follow, after you notify us of your interest to go.)

If you cannot go at this time, please consider giving to the response – and please pray for these efforts!