Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Residents line up gas cans as they wait for a gas truck to service an empty gas station, in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Loiza, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. Federal aid is racing to stem a growing humanitarian crisis in towns left without fresh water, fuel, electricity or phone service by the hurricane. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: PRGH107

Gerald Herbert

We’ve been there.

That’s what we in Louisiana, and particularly in the greater New Orleans area, can say to our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands,

The Louisiana National Guard and other agencies are working with their counterparts across the Gulf South to help where we can. While we took a hit from Hurricane Harvey in southwestern Louisiana, our neighbors in Texas and Florida were much harder-hit.

Puerto Rico, though, resembles so much the landscapes of Hurricane Katrina a dozen years ago.

Donations of needed supplies will be accepted through Oct. 11 at aid locations in the parishes, http://gov.louisiana.gov/PuertoRico.

Problems with distributing supplies are obvious, given the islands’ locations, so Gov. John Bel Edwards asked citizens to contribute the specific requests for aid items like diapers, baby wipes and the rest. That helps coordinate aid delivery with contributions from other states. State websites can fill in details.

We've been there. Louisiana is proud to be able to help during this crisis.