September 17, 2021 3:45 PM, EDT

CLDA Strives to Raise Money to Help Members Affected by Hurricane Ida

CLDA A Penske delivery van sits amongst the damage at Hackbarth Delivery Service after Hurricane Ida. (CLDA)

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The Customized Logistics & Delivery Association (CLDA) has set up a fund to help its members who were victims of Hurricane Ida, the organization announced Sept. 8.

Hurricane Ida caused power outages and severe damage across southern Louisiana and Mississippi. Many areas lost running water and are strained for resources such as food and shelter. The CLDA Cares Fund is working to raise $30,000 to help impacted members.

“As fate would have it, the storm hit on the 16th anniversary of Katrina, causing southeastern Louisiana and parts of Mississippi to experience the devastation of a Category 4 storm once again,” Jason Burns, vice president and director of corporate development for Dropoff at CLDA, said in a statement.

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The CLDA board of directors created the fund in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Its contributors at the time donated more than $20,000 within days of being asked to help. The association hopes its current appeal for the victims of Hurricane Ida will generate even more funds.

“For our members who have employees, contractors and families who stayed behind to weather the storm, it has been a challenge to communicate as the cellphone towers were also compromised,” Burns said. “We are hoping to get enough donations to help provide the necessary resources for things like hotel rooms, generators, fuel, food, water, clothes and more.”

The CLDA is a nonprofit professional association that connects and leads members of the time-critical logistics and delivery industries. The association represents 2,900 logistics professionals, carriers, shippers, drivers, air cargo logistics providers, 3PLs and vendors servicing supply chain companies.

Hackbarth Delivery Service is a member that was badly hit, with offices near its terminal in New Orleans. The woman-owned company provides transportation, logistics, warehousing and distribution services and is headquartered in Mobile, Ala.

The offices had 2-3 inches of water despite being elevated about 4 feet off the ground. The roof was partially torn off and many of the surrounding power line poles were snapped. The same building had little to no damage during past hurricanes.

Hackbarth Delivery Service has already found a way to operate despite having no power. The company is using a portable generator with lights strung in the warehouse and fans hooked up to it as well. The company has been making deliveries to hospitals and critical care facilities as well as a few customers.

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