General Health

Hurricane Ida Recovery and Support

Friends of Children's Hospital,

As Louisiana begins to rebuild in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, I want you to know that we have been thinking about you – our donors, volunteers, corporate partners, and friends. We have been thinking about your families, your homes, and your businesses. Your Children’s Hospital New Orleans family offers our sincerest hope that you are safe and well.

We know that our community is resilient, and we will get through this time the only way we know how – together.

I know how deeply you care for the children we treat and want to share that, thanks to our heroic team of caregivers and staff who worked around the clock and slept for days in our facility, patient care was uninterrupted during and after the storm. While we had a few leaks, our hospital fared well.

As power is restored across Louisiana and we begin to rebuild, we know our region has a long road ahead to recovery. Our promise is to continue to provide access to the best care for critically ill children and their families in Louisiana and beyond, regardless of their family’s ability to pay for treatment, and even in the midst of the ongoing global pandemic.

Children’s Hospital is working diligently to support our patient families and our staff members who have been directly affected by Hurricane Ida. Many have had damage to their homes and businesses, even more can’t come back to the city because of power and water outages. We are standing in the gap to help. Children’s Hospital is working to provide temporary housing for our staff, find childcare and pet care resources, as well as fuel while we wait for services to return to normal.

We have set up special Employee Crisis and Patient Assistance Funds to alleviate some of the burdens Hurricane Ida has presented. If you would like more information or to support one of these funds, visit

Thank you to those of you who have stepped up to help provide critical support, whether donating supplies or giving financially. We will never forget your kindness in our moment of need.

Lastly, I want to share some hurricane recovery resources for you and your family.

We are all in this – and will get through this – together.

With deep gratitude,

John R. Nickens IV

President and Chief Executive Officer

Children's Hospital New Orleans

Hurricane Recovery Resources

Groceries, gas, and more, what's open? Check it out >>

Cooling, charging stations, and meal distribution in Greater New Orleans area. Find a location >>

GNO, Inc. recovery resources.

Watch out for carbon monoxide! Learn More >>

Federal assistance for eligible individuals and families affected by this disaster. FEMA >>

United Way 211 phone number is available to access United Way’s services. Click here for more >>

Pre-register for DSNAP. Click here >>

Text 'nolaready' to 77295 for recovery resources and updates

Text 'ida' to 504.294.3882 for updates on all things recovery in New Orleans

With help from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, we have some tips to help parents when addressing the hurricane and its aftermath with kids. Click here >>

Hurricane Ida Recovery & Support