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Alexa, Tell Me How Amazon is Helping Victims of Hurricane Laura

15:00 September 09, 2020
By: Abbey Hebert

As well as helping victims of the wildfires in California, Amazon is benevolently using its resources to help lessen the destruction in Southern Louisiana, particularly Lake Charles, after Category 4 Hurricane Laura struck the area. According to an article on Clean Technica, Amazon, in partnership with Louisiana Economic Development's emergency management team, has donated more than 150,000 water bottles to help residents ameliorate one of the many issues in the hurricane's wake: contaminated water. Citizens of Lake Charles requested items that they need to clean up the aftermath of the hurricane, such as generators, chainsaws, diapers, and solar light chargers. Amazon listened to these requests and has provided and delivered these items in partnership with the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and World Hope International, which, according to their website, "is a Christian relief and development organization working with vulnerable and exploited communities to alleviate poverty, suffering, and injustice." Amazon's website states that they've donated "more than 170,000 bottles of water, 16,000 KN95 masks, and over 185,000 food items" to California.

Amazon has also curated a charity list that makes the process easier for citizens to donate. The list includes charities such as the American Red Cross, the Saint Bernard Project (SBP), Save the Children, and Feeding America. Amazon allows those who help to choose between donating cash and donating essentials; for example, it is possible to donate cash to the American Red Cross, and it is also possible to donate cash and essentials to Save the Children. Donations can easily be made with one spoken sentence, as Amazon created a feature on their notable voice-service Alexa that, according to their website, responds to "Alexa, make a donation to Hurricane Laura relief at the American Red Cross."

According to NBC News, there have been at least 24 deaths due to Hurricane Laura. Also, cities in Louisiana and Texas now face damages that have cost them between $4 billion and $12 billion. Officials in Louisiana claim that Laura was one of the strongest hurricanes to hit this state. The damage of the storm is still affecting communities in South Louisiana, and Amazon's help will not go unnoticed. Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards expressed gratitude towards Amazon by saying, "We are grateful for Amazon's continued support and partnership, as it allows us to get emergency aid and critical supplies directly to residents in need quickly and to provide immediate relief."

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