Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

by | Sep 5, 2017 | Stories

The catastrophic floods that have coursed into Houston and Gulf Coast cities in the wake of Hurricane Harvey has been nothing less than a significant disaster. As the storm lingers, the Houston region has been evaded with ruinous flooding and is expected to break the 40-year-old U.S. record for the largest rainfall from a tropical system, 48 inches, set by Tropical Storm Amelia in Texas, 1978. Edmond Russo, a concerned deputy district engineer for the Army Corps of Engineers says, “the storm is generating an amount of rain that would normally be seen only once in more than 1,000 years”. The Category 4 Storm has forced residents to evacuate and abandon their homes; relying on strangers or rescues crews to take them to higher grounds for safety.

In the coming weeks, as millions of Texans return home, they will face damages to wrecked homes and businesses. Pooling water from the rain, in combination with erosion caused by salt found in fresh ocean water, is expected to cause as much as $40 billion in total damages; making Harvey one of the costliest hurricanes in the US.

Female Hands Heart SymbolResidents will soon be faced with a new challenge of rebuilding but here are several ways you can help the millions in need of aid.

Red Cross

Donating to the American Red Cross will be a “tremendous asset”, says Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott. The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization designed to provide emergency assistance, disaster relief, and awareness in the United States.

 

Relief Organizations

National relief organizations like, The Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and Heart to Heart are all seeking donations to continue their response efforts in the wake of Harvey. The Texas Diaper Bank, Team Rubicon, and the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund are local relief organizations, are sending out disaster relief kits along with an emergency response team to the area

Food Banks

The compiled list of food banks are serving the areas hardest hist by Harvey. They include: Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi, and San Antonio Food Bank. Visit the links to see how you can help the victims of Harvey.

Pets

The Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas are accepting donations for their affiliated shelters as they will need money, supplies, food and foster volunteers for all the pets and animals affected by the storm. Local shelters visit, Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Human Society.

Blood

The American Red Cross and Texas- based blood organizations, Carter BloodCare, We Are Blood, and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are all accepting donations at this time.

For advice on how to avoid fraudulent charities, check out the tips from the Federal Trade Commission.

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