How To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims
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Overwhelming rescue efforts are underway as floodwaters continue to rise in Houston as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Harvey came fast, furious, and still has not let up along the Texas coast. Now a tropical storm, it is expected to dump an additional 6 to 12 more inches of rain through Friday. By the time it’s over, the Houston metropolitan area could see accumulations up to 50 inches…parallel to rainfall total of what the area receives in a year.

Many are scrambling trying to find ways to offer assistance. More importantly, ways to impact fully aid victims directly. There has also been a call for boats, high-water vehicles, hands of gas and clean water to aid with the rescues. Here are some existing options underway to help those in the affected areas, as well as resources for those residents displaced by the relentless natural disaster:

Assistance and Shelter includes a link to the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s step-by-step guide to filing a flood claim, a map to locate the nearest FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers and instructions on how to apply for assistance. If you have questions about the help FEMA offers or the application process, call 1-800-621-FEMA (1-800-621-3362) or submit your query online.

Local organizations

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.

The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.

Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.

To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.

The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.