SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA.
By the time Hurricane Ida hit land over the weekend, the owner of The Big Easy Catering Company in Santa Barbara was planning a trip home to see his beloved Saints play at the Packers on September 12th.
David Postada is still going to the state he was born in, but is now preparing to donate some generators.
He volunteered to cook during Hurricane Katrina 16 years ago, but instead donated the cost of the meals.
Postada recently checked out another New Orleans friend who lived on a boat in Santa Barbara Harbor during hurricane season.
Al Salzer, who worked in Hollywood film production for decades, owns the Deja Vu Restaurant and Bar in the French Quarter.
Salzer said he employed about 25 people and had difficulty reaching his staff, but learned they were all fine.
Salzer, who enjoys spending time in both locations, planned to return to the rescheduled New Orleans Jazz Festival in October, but it was canceled a few weeks ago due to a spike in COVID cases.
He now plans to stay there until electricity returns to the area, which could take weeks.
Both men recommend a donation to aid recovery.
Postada recommends Direct Relief, and Salzer said. “You can’t go wrong with the Red Cross.”
For more information, visit directrelief.org and search for Hurricane Ida Response or www.redcross.org.
We’ll have more on the news on local New Orleans connections by eleven tonight.