Melanie Martinez holds the family cat, which they have renamed Isaac, after salvaging items from their flooded home in Plaquemines Parish on September 3, 2012 in Braithwaite, Louisiana. Martinez, along with her husband and her mother, was forced to ride out the storm in the home when their car broke down. The house quickly flooded and they were rescued by a neighbor who was able to break into their attic to save them. They only were able to rescue Isaac today who survived six days without food at the flooded home. This is the fifth home Martinez has had destroyed due to hurricanes in Louisiana. Damage totals from the hurricane could top $2 billion more than 125,000 customers are still without power six days after the storm made landfall. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken as it heads north toward Arkansas, but storm surges and heavy rainfall have flooded areas in Mississippi and Louisiana. The Coast Guard and Louisiana National Guard are working to rescue people stranded by high waters in low-lying areas.
Below are organizations that are mobilizing relief efforts in the region:
AMERICAN RED CROSS: The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, will provide relief to victims of disaster and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Donate here.
AMERICARES: AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization, which delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has delivered more than $10 billion in aid to 147 countries. AmeriCares provides immediate response to emergency and ongoing medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs for people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. Donate here.
SALVATION ARMY NATIONAL CORPS: The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination. Donate here.
SAVE THE CHILDREN FEDERATION: Save the Children is the leading independent organization creating lasting change for children in need in the United States and around the world. For more than 75 years, Save the Children has been helping children survive and thrive by improving their health, education and economic opportunities, and in times of acute crisis, mobilizing rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Donate here.
LOUISIANA SPCA (ANIMAL RESCUE): Chartered in 1888, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (LA/SPCA) is the oldest and most comprehensive animal welfare organization in the state, and one of the oldest in the country providing care and basic medical services for approximately 11,000 animals each year. Donate here