Hurricane Harvey Flooding
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Hurricane Harvey is Tragic, Here Are Some Ways You Can Help

In case you’ve been living under a rock (or without Internet access) for the past few days, you should know that a massive hurricane has struck parts of Texas. Hurricane Harvey has left at least five people dead and a region completely devastated by floods and high winds. FEMA is estimating that at least 30,000 people are seeking temporary housing.

Here’s some recent drone footage that shows just how bad things are:

Texas officials are currently asking for the help from local residents who have boats and are able to assist in search-and-rescue operations. But if you live outside of the affected area and are able to help, here are some organizations accepting donations for relief aid. Most of these groups will be on the ground directly helping Texans dig themselves out of this tragic mess.

Red Cross

The Red Cross isn’t a stranger to entering regions in times of turmoil and offering a helping hand. You can go to their website to make a donation, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or send a quick $10 donation by texting the word REDCROSS to 90999. Their website also has a signup sheet for those looking to volunteer on the ground.

“The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast,” a statement on the organization’s website reads. “Shelters are open, truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers in place.”

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army, as always, will be on the ground helping with cleanup and recovery efforts—they could always use a little help. You can make donations on their website here.

Feeding Texas

Feeding Texas is a collection of food banks that’s accepting in-person food or monetary donations throughout the region, as well as online donations via their website here.

Organizations That Help Pets

SPCA of Texas

Austin Pets Alive!

Dallas Animal Services

San Antonio Humane Society

Texas Diaper Bank

Kids need diapers and Texas Diaper Bank is working to ensure that they’re available to families that need them in this time of crisis. On their website, you can make financial donations and dictate that you want your donation to go directly to those being affected by Harvey.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group

If you are looking for a way to assist the Coastal Bend region during our long term recovery process from Hurricane…

Posted by Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group on Saturday, August 26, 2017

Even a small donation is better than nothing at all. If you’re able to spare a few minutes or a few dollars, please do so.

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