Help The Catastrophe-Stricken Greater Houston | How To Donate
Hurricane Harvey is viewed as the worst natural calamity that hit Houston and nearby cities. It was a tropical cyclone that caused unprecedented and catastrophic flooding in southeastern Texas, and was the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005.
The disastrous flood destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 13,000 rescue missions. What started to be a tropical wave, became a tropical storm on August 17. As it crossed the Caribbean Sea, the weakened cyclone picked up speed and rapidly intensified as a tropical storm, then later became a hurricane, on the same day.
Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, dumping a year’s worth of rain into the Greater Houston. The flooding caused the death of at least 37 people, including a police officer who has been in service for 34 years, who was on his way to work.
Mandatory evacuations were issued for Brazoria, Calhoun, Jackson, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria counties when Governor Greg Abbott declared a state of emergency for 30 counties on the 23rd of August. Three days after the declaration, Abbott added an additional 20 counties under the state of emergency.
Meteorologist Ryan Maue from a private forecasting firm – the WeatherBell – said, “At least 19 trillion gallons of water has fallen on Texas since the storm began.” Plus an estimated 5.5 trillion gallons of rain in Louisiana. In total, there were 24.5 trillion gallons of rainwater dumped by Harvey over the span of nearly a week.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recorded 51.88 inches of rain Cedar Bayou. It marks the record for the most rainfall of a tropical storm or hurricane in the lower states, and is seen to be the largest economic crisis caused by natural disaster in the country.
How You Can Help
The affected families need financial aid now, more than ever. Relief campaigns are ongoing while rescue missions continue. You must be wondering how you can donate cash to help the affected families. Finding a list of active charities offering assistance to the flooded areas is the first step. From the list, you can contact the charity of your choice and verify what type of donation they are accepting. While most prefer cash over goods, there are organizations that accepts goods and other relief items.
If you are unable to select which charity to send your donation, this list can help:
Global Giving. Check out their website for more information or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10.
Catholic Charities of USA. Visit CCUSA’s disaster-specific site or text 71777 to make a donation.
Local Charities and Organizations Cities around Texas like San Antonio are welcoming refuge for Houston families and need support as well! Hard goods like food, diapers, blankets are welcome and cash is king! Check your local charities for support.