HOUSTON – Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coastline this weekend and has caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in Southeastern Texas. Tens of thousands of people have been forced into shelters and the rescue effort continues. Recovery is sure to be a long and arduous road. Here are some ways you can help.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross' Disaster Relief division responds to disasters by mobilizing trained volunteer forces to offer shelter, food and assistance to victims.
"The Red Cross is staging supplies in Baton Rouge to move West. Right now, I-10 is still closed and flooded and both airports are still closed. We can't get there right now. Houston is not in recovery mode yet. The rain is continuing and more flooding is expected," Red Cross volunteer Frank Williams said. "When we get to Houston, our mission is the over 100,000 people that have been displaced from their homes. We are planning on trying to fly many of those to Dallas. Our mission is to shelter and feed those that have been displaced and also offer that to the rescue teams. "
Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
The Red Cross also needs volunteers. You can start the process to become a volunteer here.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a relief fund for flood victims.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
“We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,” Turner said. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.”
Methods to Donate:
Online Credit Card Donations: Visit www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee, typically 3%, by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee.
Checks/Money Orders: Mail to Greater Houston Community Foundation, 5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.
Transfer Cash by Wire: Wire To: JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.
ABA # 021000021
For credit to: Greater Houston Community Foundation
For further credit to: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is also providing food and water to first responders helping our after Harvey. You can make a donation to the Harvey Fund by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, mailing a check to The Salvation Army, PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301 -- Please designate Hurricane Harvey on all checks -- or you can make a donation through their website.
Catholic Charities USA
According to its website, Catholic Charities USA is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church and is asking for your support to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters. The organization provides essential support before, during and after disasters hit. This service is provided to the community regardless of religion, social or economic background. You can donate to this effort through the website.
The blood supplies in Southeastern Texas' hospitals are low. They have less than one day's supply. According to the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, O negative and O positive blood types are critically needed. You can make an appointment to donate by calling 210-731-5590 or you can make an appointment through their website.
Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive!, a no-kill shelter, has stepped in to help Houston-area shelters that are currently unable to function. The group posted a special section on its website to ask for help and update the progress it's made with Hurricane Harvey's furriest victims. "Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been working with these shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA! And as of Saturday morning, we’ve transported over 235 animals to our shelter." They also list their current needs and are asking for donations:
Top Current Needs:
Large plastic or metal bins with lids so we can safely store food and goods in dry places.
Leashes + Martingale Collars (any size)
Cat Litter – Clumping preferred, but non-clumping needed, as well.
6 full-size indoor brooms
Cat Beds (not regular bedding)
Liquid laundry soap
Other important needs include:
Dog Treats* – Chew Toys/Rawhides, Treat Logs, Peanut Butter and Milk Bones for Kongs for all of our stressed and crated pups!
Paper or Styrafoam Bowls* – For feeding cats.
Kitten and Puppy Formula
Flea + Tick Prevention
Canned Wet Food and Tuna – Now only needed for cats!
Litter Boxes – 12×10″ or smaller
Large Metal Dog Bowls
Large Trash Bags
Updated Cleaning Supplies List – Bleach, paper towels, general purpose cleaner, latex gloves, dish soap, sponges.
*Most urgent need
The shelter is also asking for monetary donations and for volunteers to foster pets until they can return home or find a new home. You can make the donation or sign up to foster on their website.