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Hundreds of Arkansans have gone or will be headed this week to the Gulf Coast to provide relief after Hurricane Ida made landfall Sunday as one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the region ever.
Here’s some of the groups that have assisted in relief efforts so far.
A group of first responders, 24 from Central Arkansas and 21 from Northwest Arkansas, arrived at a convention center near Baton Rouge earlier this week.
The team, called Arkansas Task Force-1, is trained in urban search and rescue and responding to natural disasters.
The Arkansas National Guard plans to send more than 500 members from the 39th Infantry Brigade Combat Team and 142nd Field Artillery Brigade to assist in emergency response operations.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday that Arkansas would send 33 state troopers, pending federal approval, to assist with rescue and security in Louisiana
Little Rock is offering local hotel vouchers to Louisiana and Mississippi residents displaced by the storms. Impacted residents must provide some form of photo identification and verify that they live in impacted areas.
The American Red Cross of Missouri and Arkansas sent four emergency response vehicles to Louisiana on Monday to transport and deliver food and emergency supplies to affected communities. Two volunteers will travel in each vehicle.
Sheep Dog Impact Assistance, a nonprofit headquartered in Rogers, is planning to send two teams of volunteers to the Gulf Coast. The first group left Wednesday, and the second group is set to leave Tuesday.
Entergy Arkansas is sending 520 employees -- line workers, vegetation crews and support personnel -- to the Gulf region to help with the effort underway to restore power to the almost 1 million customers who lost power in the hurricane, communications specialist Brandi Hinkle said.
Arkansas motor coach drivers have also been assisting both before and after the hurricane made landfall.
Six drivers from Little Rock Coaches Inc. have been helping people in New Orleans evacuate since early Saturday morning, company President Cary Martin said. Most people were taken to north Louisiana.