At this point, we have all seen the images of the devastation that Hurricane Harvey has left behind as it moves out. Watching the news or seeing the photos on social media can only show us a fraction of the pain that everyone is enduring through this process. So many men, women, children and animals lives have been changed from this one storm.
Here are a few facts about Hurricane Harvey, in case you aren’t a news watcher or haven’t seen the latest details (via) –
- 185,149 homes estimated to be damaged or destroyed by Harvey, according to Friday’s data from the Texas Division of Emergency Management
- 364,000 people who have registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as of Friday, according to FEMA.
- 42,399 people in shelters as of Friday, according to the Texas governor.
- 120,000 residents without water in Beaumont, Texas, on Thursday.
- 80 percent Texans don’t have flood insurance.
- $125 billion Texas Gov. Greg Abbot said his state will need federal relief money “far in excess” of that total. Moody’s Analytics has estimated $97 billion in destruction alone and some $108 billion in total damages counting lost output.
And as we watch this unfold, it can be a bit overwhelming knowing how to help and how to give back in such a painful time. So I did a little research online and found some resources recommended on the national news to help us give back while making sure to the scammers of the world do not take advantage of the situation. Yes, there are people who are scamming others during this awful time. True scum of the earth.
Through the Today Show and this article, I was able to find these resources:
- charitynavigator.org – find legitimate charities to give back to
- text “HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross – redcross.org
- houstonspca.org – for information about donating to the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue in Houston
- houstonfoodbank.org – to donate food and water to Houston
It may seem like your $10 or $100 or even $1000 won’t go very far, but it can make a difference. Think about how much clean bottled water that someone can purchase with $10. Think about the diapers they can purchase. Or the dog food. A small amount of money can make all the difference for victims.
Texas is one of my favorite places to visit. It’s the only other state I’ve considered living in. And that’s because the people of Texas are some of the kindest, most supportive, most loving people I’ve ever met. And they deserve to receive love and support through this trying time. If you can, please give back in any way and help the victims rebuild and stay healthy through this confusing and devastating time. Anything we can do right now will help someone.