Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help


On social media, there are a lot of thoughts and prayers going out for those in Texas who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. It’s important to start organizing recovery efforts now. There are many rescue efforts going on still as well. I figured that a post listing all the ways you can get involved to help, as I come across them, in one space would be helpful. If you know of organizations or efforts being made that I have missed, please post in the comments. I will update and share as I come across new information.

For Rescues and Assistance:

  • Here is a list of shelters that are open in the area. Many of these shelters are accepting people and their pets. Please take your pets if you have them.
  • If you are in a situation where you need to be rescued, do not go into your attic. Go onto your roof.
  • Coast Guard numbers if you or someone you know needs help are to the right. Don’t hesitate to call.
  • If you have a flat-bottomed boat or a high-water vehicle, you are urgently needed. Call 713-881-3100.
  • If you are in need of immediate help from a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1.
  • If you are or know others in need of non-emergency help call 3-1-1 in Houston or 2-1-1 in nearby areas.
  • FEMA has put together a resource for those affected by Harvey. There is a lot of information in this document about when to call for help, who to call, and how to stay safe.
  • Portlight is aiding those with disabilities. If you need assistance, please call 1-800-626-4959.
  • The Islamic Society of Greater Houston has all 21 of their mosques open and ready to help people.
  • FEMA is helping with rooms. Call 1-800-621-3362 to register.

Organizations Helping with Recovery

I’m sure there are many more organizations. PLEASE share organizations in the comments and I will add more as I come across them. Share this post widely!

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