Tropical Storm Harvey is battering the Houston area, affecting over 6.8 million people. With so many people and pets displaced and suffering, you may be wondering how you can help. Whether you live close to the disaster area or on the other side of the world, here are a few great ways you can support people hit by the devastating storm.
Donate to a food bank or another charity
There are several charities out there you can support financially as they work to help Tropical Storm Harvey victims. Food banks can also use donations in the aftermath of Harvey. You can donate online to the Central Texas Food Bank. Or donate to the San Antonio Food Bank; according to SBNation, some displaced Houston locals will be relocated to San Antonio. SBNation has a list of more local charities here.
Donate to the Salvation Army
The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is on the ground to help out both first responders and locals. The organization is offering shelter at Salvation Army locations in the area, and as of earlier this week had served over 3,000 meals, drinks, and snacks via their mobile kitchens. You can help out right now by texting STORM to 51555 or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. You can donate online here or send donations to The Salvation Army, PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
Open up your home through Airbnb
If you live in Texas and can share your space, Airbnb has a page for urgent accommodations in the wake of Harvey. They waive service fees for those impacted, and allow locals to list their homes so people can find a place to stay for free. You can find shelter or list your space here.
You can donate blood to help people affected by the crisis as well. South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has been calling for blood donations – you can get in touch with them at 210-731-5590. They also posted a list of locations to donate on their Facebook page, including addresses and donation hours. According to the post, Houston is asking for more than 2,000 units of blood from blood centers, so if you live in South Texas, consider finding a place to donate blood.
Donate the use of your boat
Help rescue furry friends
Let’s not forget the animals and pets impacted by the disaster. You can donate to the Houston SPCA, which is providing animal rescue and relief. Donate online here. Call 713-869-7722 if you need help. Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) is another Texas-based organization that’s been helping shelters in the path of Harvey to transport animals to APA! As of the weekend, they’d brought more than 235 animals to their facility. If you live in the Austin area, you can help by fostering animals or donating supplies like cat litter, leashes, or brooms. You can also donate online here. APA!’s address is 1156 West Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78703 and their phone number is 512-961-6519.
Habitat for Humanity
If you want to focus on helping people recover after the water has receded, Habitat for Humanity has 25 offices in southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. They will be active in working with victims to build shelter and housing, as well as cleanup efforts for habitable homes damaged by wind and water. You can donate at habitat.org/harvey or by calling 1-800-422-4828.