Hurricane Ida

 
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Public Affairs

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Site Location:
New Orleans, LA 70032
response.epa.gov/HurricaneIda

Hurricane Ida made landfall August 29, 2021, at approximately 12:00 pm west of Grand Isle, Louisiana, with winds at 150 mph. EPA has an organized emergency response program for responding to man-made and natural disasters and is positioned to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), state, local, and tribal partners. EPA is taking action to seamlessly integrate emergency response activities with affected states and other federal response agencies upon request.

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Tips to Stay Safe

  • ALWAYS CALL 911 if you are in immediate danger and need emergency help.
  • Communities can report oil, chemical or hazardous substance spills or discharge by calling the EPA National Response Center at 800-424-8802.   
  • Avoid exposure to mold or bacteria. Mold and bacteria growth after flood waters recede can be hazardous to your health.  Never use a portable generator inside homes, garages, crawlspaces, sheds or similar areas. Deadly levels of carbon monoxide (CO) can quickly build up in these areas and can linger for hours, even after the generator has shut off. Find more information on EPA’s Emergencies and Indoor Air Quality page.   
  • Avoid contact with building debris. Debris from damaged homes and buildings can contain hazardous substances, especially in older buildings. Elevated concentrations of airborne asbestos can occur if asbestos-containing materials present in the home are disturbed. 

EPA Response Activities 

EPA is in regular, ongoing communication with our federal, state, tribal, and local partners and the Agency is participating in daily Hurricane Taskforce calls to discuss storm response activities and resource availability.

EPA has assessed Superfund sites, oil sites, and chemical facilities in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and New York as part of its immediate response. 

The agency has deployed resources such as the ASPECT aircraft, mobile drinking water labs, and subject matter experts to help communities impacted by the storm. EPA is committed to deploying additional resources as requested.

EPA issued a third waiver of the ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel requirements at Port Fourchon, Louisiana to help improve the fuel and crude oil supply circumstances caused by Hurricane Ida. The waiver began September 7 and ends September 16, 2021 and can be found on EPA's Fuel Waivers webpage.

What DHS and FEMA are Doing

https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-ida 

What the U.S. Government is Doing 

https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-ida

Spanish: https://gobierno.usa.gov/huracan-ida