Updated October 30: IAFF Disaster Relief crews are being organized and are beginning to assist the 20 members with the hurricane damage to their homes. The crews hope to complete all projects by the end of the day November 1.
Additionally, as the unusual number of hurricanes in the Gulf Coast region is causing storm fatigue among the membership, the IAFF is arranging peer support resources for those who need it.
Updated October 29: Hurricane Zeta made landfall along the southeastern Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines on October 28 as a Category 2. As it continued to move across the two states, it weakened to a post-tropical cyclone.
“Our incredible Go Team positioned supplies and resources near the area of impact before the storm,” says General President Harold Schaitberger. “They are ready to provide immediate assistance and will stay in the area as long as our members need them.”
IAFF 14th District Vice President Danny Todd, 16th District Vice President James Johnson and 12th District Vice President Walt Dix and the IAFF Disaster Relief Go Team are reaching out to members with homes in the path of the storm to determine the level of need.
At least 18 members have already indicated they need help mitigating repairs to their homes. Crews will be assigned and sent to these homes as soon as possible.
The IAFF will continue to update this story as more details become available.
The best way to help your brothers and sisters is to donate to the IAFF Disaster Relief Fund.