NACAC Statement of Support for Students and Families Affected by Hurricane Ida

Contact: Shanda Ivory

Update (Sept. 10, 2021): In addition to the damage Hurricane Ida caused in Louisiana and the southeast last month, the storm moved across the northeast, causing devasting flooding in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. President Biden has approved disaster declarations, making federal aid available in New Jersey and New York.

For information about supporting schools in the affected areas, contact Southern ACAC, Texas ACAC, New York State ACAC, New Jersey ACAC, or Pennsylvania ACAC.

NACAC Statement of Support for Students and Families Affected by Hurricane Ida

Arlington, VA (Aug. 30, 2021) — Yesterday, Hurricane Ida made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane with 150 mph sustained winds, slightly more powerful than Katrina’s Category 3, which hit the area on the same day 16 years ago.

The damage, not yet fully assessed, is catastrophic. The entire city of New Orleans is without power, according to the regional energy provider Entergy, and other residents of the Gulf Area are seeing major destruction. Mississippi is now feeling the effects of the storm.

As residents of Louisiana assess the damage in the aftermath of the hurricane, the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) urges support for students and families across the southeastern region. With many families evacuated and power lines across the area down, it is uncertain when these families will be back online or when schools will reopen. As the area begins to reopen, NACAC will assess how it can support members, students, and families across the state.

Our thoughts are with all who are affected by the hurricane and its aftermath.

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The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of more than 25,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education.

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