Pray For Houston & Learn Where To Donate
Tropical Storm Harvey sent massive floods through the Houston area Sunday, chasing thousands to rooftops or higher ground and overwhelming rescuers. Federal disaster declarations indicate the storm has so far affected about 6.8 million people.
According to USA Today and several other sources, more than 30,000 people will need shelters as a result of the continuous rain and flooding says Texas, FEMA Administrator Brock Long.
In a news conference in Washington, Texas FEMA Administrator Brock Long made the following statement: “The sheltering mission is going to be a very heavy lift.” He later added that up to 50 Texas counties are dealing with the impact of the storm.
Long called the storm a “landmark event” and warned that rain will continue to pound the region for days. He said the devastation was too big for government agencies to handle alone and urged Americans help, perhaps locally by providing a boat or nationally by providing financial assistance.
“We need citizens to be involved,” Long said. “You could not draw this forecast up, you could not dream this forecast up.”
Louis Uccellini, director of the National Weather Service, says some areas of southeast Texas around Houston have already seen more than 30 inches of rain. “A wide portion of the entire region has been hit with 15-20 inches of rain,” says Louis Uccellini.
The National Hurrican Center has stated that Hurricane Harvey, which is now spinning near Port O’Connor, Texas, was forecast to move back into the Gulf of Mexico today.
“It will meander over the Gulf for a couple of days before making a second landfall somewhere near the Texas/Louisiana border, likely on Wednesday.” – National Hurricane Center
The impact is more than what many expected so far and the rain is still coming. There will be a need for many resources such as clothing, socks, tooth brushes, blankets, pillows, first aid supplies, diapers, feminine products and more. Organizations like The Salvation Army, The Red Cross and more are equipped to be ready for situations like this. But, they are always in need of volunteers and more money. If you are looking for ways to give or volunteer, but you’re not sure where to start, view the list below for details.
We will continue to add to the list below as we hear of more locations and opportunities to give.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
American Red Cross – To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Salvation Army – To donate visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.
Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.
GlobalGiving: visit https://www.globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: hmgf.org/t. Send a check by writing,”Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs
Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store.Visit www.apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Checks and money orders can be mailed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, while online credit card donations can be made at www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Wire-transferred cash will also be accepted.
Both The Red Cross and Salvation Army will be involved with disaster relief efforts, providing shelter, fresh drinking water, food, toiletries, clothes, bedding and other necessities.
They also are involved with rebuilding efforts once the storm has passed and will send trained volunteers to help with the recovery.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army also need volunteers to help at the shelters set up to house people who fled the coast.
• Red Cross: redcross.org/volunteer/.
• Salvation Army: http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/