The reports of historic flooding out of eastern Texas are mounting up and, despite best laid plans by county, state, and federal officials, sometimes there is nothing left to do but damage control.
The City of Houston tweeted at 4:43 a.m. Sunday saying their 911 services were at capacity and asked for those who can shelter in place, to please do so.
Officials advised their communities to not call 911 unless their lives are in danger.
The National Guard has deployed 4,000 members to aid the Houston area. Below you will find many ways to help them help those in need right now, as well as resources for those in need of direct assistance.
As far as monetary contributions go, The Department of Homeland Security encourages donations to be funneled through the National Voluntary Organizations Involved in Disaster. They are also the ones to reach out to, should you be able to physically volunteer.
Donations are also being directed to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by the Red Cross and Salvation Army via their websites and by texting UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
These Texas food banks are seeking donations to help feed families, while the Texas Diaper Bank is accepting donations to purchase diapers, formula and other needs for children, seniors and the disabled.
Programs such as Star of Hope Mission, Homeless Houston and Samaritan’s Purse are also funneling contributions to disaster relief, while the SPCA and Austin Pets Alive are helping to house evacuated pets.
Other resources for more information:
- Texas Department of Public Safety: 512-424-2138
- Office of Texas Governor Greg Abbott
- Better Business Bureau
- Federal Emergency Management Agency: 800-621-FEMA (this same number can be used by those in the affected area looking for temporary shelter and disaster relief)
Additional shelter options can be found on a special Airbnb portal established especially for evacuees in need.
A hotline was just set up to help low income victims of Hurricane Harvey with legal questions.
The State Bar of Texas’s hotline, (800) 504-7030, can help people with basic legal questions, or to find legal resources in their area.
For the latest forecast information, check here.
For the latest evacuation orders, check here.
For high water locations, check here.
For Houston-area shelters, check here.
We’ll be adding information as we learn more.
Photo Courtesy of Texas National Guard:
Texas National Guard soldiers conduct rescue operations in flooded areas around Houston, Texas 27 August, 2017. (Photos by 1Lt. Zachary West, 100th MPAD)