How You Can Help Victims of Harvey in Texas, No Matter Where You Are
Since making landfall on Friday, Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to Tropical Storm Harvey, but it has created flooding in Texas that the National Weather Service has described as “unprecedented,” affecting an enormous swath of the state—from Galveston and Corpus Christi to Houston and San Antonio. The catastrophic storm has already resulted in the deaths of at least ten people and left thousands of people without power.
The U.S. rainfall record was officially broken in parts of Houston, where some areas reportedly received more than two feet of rain in just 24 hours during parts of the storm. The disaster has placed an enormous burden on aid resources, especially in and around Houston, and the storm is not yet over. Harvey has gone on to soak the Gulf Coast—including Texas and Louisiana.
For those watching the storm’s disastrous effects unfold on the news and social media and looking for ways to help, the most important thing you can do is donate to the various organizations who have boots on the ground right now. Remember, the storm and flooding is only the beginning: residents displaced by the storm will need help for some time to come. Keep checking this space for more organizations that need your support as the crisis unfolds.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was set up by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner after he was inundated with requests from citizens and companies. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
The Red Cross is accepting donations online, or you can text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Lyft is also offering riders the ability to round up the fare on their ride(s) between now and September 30 and donate the difference to the Red Cross.
Local food banks will be pushed to their limits to provide much-needed supplies to residents in affected areas during the disaster. The Galveston Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, and Houston Food Bank are good places to start, and you can also find an expansive list of food banks here.
Portlight is a local grassroots organization that provides disaster relief to disabled people. The group has also set up a hotline accepting “urgent requests for assistance for people with disabilities or older adults” at 800-626-4959.
The Texas Diaper Bank provides much-needed relief to families with children in the form of diapers and baby essentials (much of which is often not stocked at emergency shelters).
Save The Children is on the ground helping families with children in Texas.
The Coalition for the Homeless is working to aid some of the most vulnerable residents in Texas—the homeless—organizing shelters and working with local organizations. This is particularly true in Houston, where many of the city’s homeless reportedly did not seek shelter from the storm in advance.
Global Giving has set up a relief fund that will provide emergency supplies as well as “longer-term recovery assistance” as residents start to return to their homes and rebuild.
SPCA of Texas is specifically concerned with rescuing and finding homes for any animals affected by the storm.
Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) are on the ground in Texas now working to aid Harvey victims, and they will also be working on disaster relief in affected communities after the storm.
GoFundMe has created a hub page for all its Harvey-related fund-raising efforts.
Americares is working to provide emergency medicine and supplies to Harvey victims.
Airbnb is helping Harvey victims who’ve been forced to leave their homes find temporary shelter by pairing evacuees with residents willing to host them for free.
This relief map is an excellent resource for people in Texas for volunteering and helping with supplies.