Texas officials and the federal government are asking for help with rescue and recovery efforts in southeastern Texas after Hurricane Harvey barreled through on Saturday leaving a trail of destruction and causing historic flooding in Houston and other areas. The disaster is still unfolding as rain continues to inundate the region, and forecasters are predicting the rain will continue for several more days.
Whether you want to help on the ground or prefer to donate online, there are many ways to assist those in need of help as the catastrophic conditions in Texas continue to unfold.
The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency used a Washington, D.C. news conference Monday to send out a call for volunteers to help with disaster relief efforts in the Lone Star State, saying that authorities “need citizens to get involved” to deal with the scope of the massive problems which continue to unfold in Houston and along the Texas Gulf Coast.
In Williamson Country, the Salvation Army is stocking its mobile kitchen with food to distribute meals to Hurricane Harvey first responders and survivors. To support the hurricane relief efforts, visit helpsalvationarmy.org.
Austin Disaster Relief Network
Austin Disaster Relief Network representatives say this is one of the largest responses in its history.
Monetary donations are also needed to help the network provide support to survivors affected by the storm.
To make a tax-deductible gift, go to https://adrn.org/give/ and make a donation to the “Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.”
Funds will be distributed in the form of gift cards, emergency housing, emergency transportation and building materials to meet immediate and long-term needs, the network said.
Texas food banks are mobilizing for Hurricane Harvey’s arrival. Feeding Texas, a statewide nonprofit group that steps in when a disaster is too much for one food bank to handle, is recommending that Texans contact their closest food bank to find out how to volunteer or donate following the hurricane. Feeding Texas advises those interested in helping, to consider donating money instead of food. “This can be done from the safety of your home and will avoid the complications of sorting and distributing varied food items,” according the group’s news release.
The Texas Diaper Bank is also in need of donations to provide emergency diaper kits to evacuee families. Donate online at texasdiaperbank.org and designate funds to disaster relief.
Austin Pets AliveAustin Pets Alive! has been accepting animals from shelters on Hurricane Harvey’s direct path, according to the nonprofit organization. It is now at full capacity and is asking the community for financial support as well as for people who can foster dogs and cats as the group begins to accept more animals. In-kind donations such as large wire crates, cat litter and canned wet dog and cat food are among the group’s most immediate needs. Volunteers who can help this weekend are also needed. To donate or volunteer, visit austinpetsalive.org.