Hitting land in southeast Texas on Friday, August 25, Hurricane Harvey has since ravaged the Houston area with more than 40 inches of rain, with expectations of its continued path including the upper Texas coast and southwestern Louisiana. As of Tuesday, August 29, Harvey had been renamed a tropical storm, and continued to dump rain on Texas for the fifth day in a row. Over 30 deaths have been reported by local officials so far, with the Houston Police Department stating they’ve already made 3,500 rescues. It’s being called one of the most destructive storms in the United States’ history, and President Trump arrived in Corpus Christi Tuesday morning for briefings on relief efforts before heading to Austin to continue these discussions. The convention center in downtown Houston has been turned into a makeshift refuge, with multitudes of evacuees bringing their children, pets and few belongings with them to select an open cot and sit in confusion and fear about what will become of their homes, and what to do next. In the city of Dallas, a “mega-shelter” was opened on Tuesday at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, reportedly equipped for 5,000 evacuees. An estimated 30,000 people are currently residing in local shelters, while hundreds of thousands of others have left their Texas homes in search of safety. As continued coverage on the tropical storm in Texas changes by the hour, relief organizations are banding together and gathering resources to help. Below are some of the ways to offer support for victims of Hurricane Harvey:
1. Donate Funds
There are dozens of organizations to support financially in this time. The New York Times notes many of them here and encourages donators to visit Charity Navigator for lists of legitimate charities.
- American Red Cross for overall relief, and you can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
- Salvation Army for overall relief. Accepting donations online, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.
2. Give Blood
Several organizations have made demands for blood donations, with type-O positive blood largely requested. To donate blood, contact:
In the following weeks and months, Houston and its surrounding cities will require millions of dollars for repair and relief efforts. Consider keeping these relief funds and organizations on your radar as Texas residents continue to reconstruct their lives and recover from this disaster, and if you have the ability, there are opportunities for in-person volunteering listed here.
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