FOR THOSE NEEDING ASSISTANCE: www.disasterassistance.gov
• 911 for true, life threatening emergencies only
• Harris County Office of Emerg. Mgmnt. 713-881-3100
• Texas Emergency Assistance Hotline. 1-877-541-7905
• Harris County Evacuation Assistance Registration. 311 in Houston
• Local American Red Cross. 713-526-8300
• Catholic Charities Flood Relief Hotline. 713.874.6664. Please leave a message and a member of the Disaster Recovery team will respond within 72 hours. More resources from CC: www.CatholicCharities.org/disasterrelief
• Fire Marshall is looking for individuals with high water vehicles and boats to help with water rescues: call 713-881-3100.
• Good source of accurate weather: https://www.facebook.com/ericbergersciguy/
• Call 2-1-1- and 3-1-1
From the City of Houston Website: 6 Ways to help Houston recover from Harvey
1. Individuals. Call 211 (713-685-2300 if out of area). They are coordinating volunteers.
2. Individuals. Go to the George R Brown Convention Center (see address in “shelter” section). There are people there who will guide them to the appropriate group.
3. Groups or Individuals. Register at http://volunteerhouston.org/ (likely the most comprehensive and easiest to use).
4. Corporations wanting to donate supplies or money (for example, XYZ Corp has truckloads of supplies they want to contribute): Please send an email to Norma.Meadows@houstontx.gov and Carlecia.Wright@houstontx.gov with the following information: - Name of organization - Name of person to call regarding the donation - Email of Point of Contact - Service provided
5. Individuals wanting to donate. Harris County & COH JOINT Donations Hotline. 1-800-924-5985
6. Medical volunteers. SETRAC website for medical volunteers to register for disaster volunteer ops: https://texasdisastervolunteerregistry.org/
ABC 13 Eyewitness News has updated shelter information.
The Houston Coalition for the Homeless is facilitating shelter for homeless people in Houston, including offering up-to-date information about which shelters currently have space, who’s the best fit for each one, and how to get there safely. They’re accepting financial donations to continue their work. Their website (first link in this section) also has community shelter information.
Gallery Furniture is welcoming Houstonians in need of shelter from rising flood waters to its location off Interstate 45 North. The store can offer food, water and mattresses to those in need. The company has put out a call for kennels to allow affected residents’ to keep their pets with them.
In Dallas, Trusted World is operating three shelters for evacuees. They need donations, supplies (clean clothing, non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, and baby formula), and volunteers to help sort out the things that people have dropped off.
Houston Food Bank. Click here for a list of local and regional food banks mobilizing to meet the needs of Harvey victims. To access food bank resources, call 2-1-1 or a food bank directly to learn more about distribution. If you are interested in donating as a volunteer, call any of the food banks listed.
The Salvation Army says it is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.
HEB: the supermarket chain provides emergency response services, mobile kitchens, and disaster-response units to affected areas. (They also announced on Sunday that they’d be collecting donations at the register for the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Feeding Texas.) That’s especially important as a number of stores in affected areas (including the entire Houston area) are closed. You can learn more about which stores are closed—and which ones have reopened—here.
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has set up a hotline for People w/ Disabilities. The number is 800-626-4959.
Portlight, which has provided inclusive relief to people with disabilities for twenty years—including in Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy—is working to ensure that people who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need after they evacuate, and to make sure that those same folks are able to get to safety. They accept donations via PayPal.
Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people are able to get what they need when they need it. They’re accepting financial contributions.
FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO THOSE IN NEED:
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of Greater Houston has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The organization says its strategy emphasizes "investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may be yet to emerge."
GoFundMe, the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.
Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.
Samaritan's Purse is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.
Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated charities responding in the wake of the Hurricane Harvey devastation. The list includes both national and local organizations that are providing food, shelter, and medical support.
First Response Team of America fills the gap between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of traditional relief agencies, when communities must fend for themselves because the resources necessary for rescue and recovery‚ equipment, tools and personnel‚ are damaged, inaccessible or unavailable.
All Hands Volunteers addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.
Christ Clinic Katy offers high quality healthcare and health related services to those who are uninsured or under-insured.
Volunteer Houston launches VIRTUAL Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) to Aid Nonprofit Agencies and Organizations in Flood Relief Efforts in Houston. To sign-up as a new nonprofit agency requesting assistance from volunteers, please visit: http://www.volunteerhou.org/agency/signup/
As well as the American Red Cross, local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.
TO HELP KIDS
The Texas Diaper Bank, which is based out of San Antonio, is putting together relief kit for families with very small children who need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations. Diapers take up a lot of space in a delivery truck, which means that other relief organizations have to decide between bringing diapers or food to affected areas. The Texas Diaper Bank fills in that need.
The Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi weathered the storm well, never losing power. It’s accepting financial donations now, and if you live in the area and want to help, you can also donate blood. They serve a large area, and people from many affected parts of the coast are likely to need their services.
TO HELP ANIMALS
Houston Humane Society
San Antonio Humane Society
The SPCA of Texas is taking in hundreds of animals transferred from shelters on the coast who aren’t safe where they are right now. You can donate to the organization to help defray the costs—or you can open your home and foster a displaced animal until it can be reunited with its owner.
If you’re in Austin and want to work with a local org, Austin Pets Alive! is doing similar work, and has similar needs—cash, to keep operating, and volunteers to foster animals. They can also use certain pet supplies: large plastic or metal bins with lids to store food, leashes and collars, cat litter, large brooms, cat-specific beds, and liquid laundry soap. (The organization says they’re good on crates and pet food now, and don’t have much space to store them.)
TO HELP THOSE DISPLACED
If you’re not in one of the affected areas and you have a spare room, you can host someone by listing your home on Airbnb for free, with no service fees to anyone. Right now, most of the listings are in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. If you’re in any of those cities—or another part of the state that’s not experiencing flooding—you might consider listing your space so displaced people have more options.