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Here Are Some Ways You Can Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey has made landfall, killing at least five people and injuring at least a dozen, but the worst damages may be yet to come. This is because even as Harvey fades in strength from hurricane to tropical storm, it will linger over southeast Texas for four or so days, pounding cities like Houston with heavy, heavy rains the entire time. Houston is at particularly high risk from flooding, and even the National Weather Service (NWS) has warned that this situation is “beyond anything experienced.”

If you’re wondering how you can help, I’ve included some resources below. I divvied them up into actions for those who are located close to the affected areas – and who could therefore provide resources like their time or space – and those who are further away.

Ways to Help If You’re Far From Texas

 

Ways to Help if You’re in or Near Texas

  • If you’re a boat owner, the police in League City and Houston are looking for vehicles to help evacuate. Please coordinate directly with local law enforcement, so that you don’t accidentally place yourself in danger and tax resources even further.

  • Donate blood through Carter BloodCare or the American Red Cross.
  • Airbnb has made it easy for users to offer up free accommodation to evacuees. You can sign up to host evacuees in your space here.
  • The San Antonio Food Bank is collecting donations and soliciting volunteers to put together emergency food boxes for evacuated families. They are currently most in need of nonperishable food, water, baby food, diapers, and new clothes. The Houston Food Bank is currently closed due to Harvey, but they’ll also likely need help when they reopen.
  • Volunteer with Texas animal shelters like the Animal Defense League of TexasSPCA of Texas or the San Antonio Humane Society.
  • Donate to any of the groups above!

(Via Teen Vogue, Twitter, Huffington Post, and CNN; featured image via Shutterstock)

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