Last weekend the Lone Star State was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey, a massive storm that left a wake of destruction across the Texas coast and into the mainland. According to the National Weather Service, Houston, the fourth-largest city in America, experienced “catastrophic flooding” that’s will displace residents for months to come.
With tens of thousands of people in shelters, or evacuated, and many more stranded throughout the area, the state of Texas is in desperate need of resources to help with rescue and recovery efforts, as well ensuring the safety of those affected and rebuilding when the time comes.
Here's how you can help those in Texas affected by the storms:
Monetary donations Easily donate $10 by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999 or donate any amount by visiting their website here.
Global Giving has set up a Hurricane Harvey relief fund that is attempting to raise $2 million to help with relief efforts. Donations can be made here.
Save the Children, an organization dedicated to helping families and displaced children is accepting donations here. Donations will help secure essential needs for children and infants displaced by the storm.
People with disabilities often have the most difficulty during storm evacuations. To help, Portlight, an organization that specializes in disability efforts, has set up a grassroots campaign here. Additionally, a hotline has been set up to refer people with disabilities to local services and resources at (800)-626-4959.
For more specific and local needs GoFundMe has created a Hurricane Harvey landing page to help easily find people, families, charities, and organizations that need financial assistance.
Animal help With a countless number of pets and animals being affected by the weather, a number of organizations are accepting donations. The SPCA of Texas and the Houston SPCA are currently taking donations to help take in as many animals as possible. Austin Pets Alive is currently looking for people to help shelter displaced animals and accepting donations here.
Airbnb is helping to connect people looking for shelter with open rooms being donated in safe areas. It’s also waiving fees for those affected by Hurricane Harvey until September 1. If you’re able to offer lodging or are looking for a place to stay, click here.