Hurricane Harvey and How to Help

Hurricane Harvey made land fall three days ago and has unleashed a huge amount of rainfall across Texas and parts of Louisiana. Displacing over 17,000 residents as of Tuesday morning, many people are coming together to help in any way they can. The storm is predicted to continue releasing many more inches of rain across Texas and the flooding situation can become life-threatening for many citizens.

What can you do?

Donate through the American Red Cross. The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. Shelters are open, truckloads of supplies are being distributed, and volunteers are in place.

About the American Red Cross: Founded in May 21, 1881 by Clara Barton, they have been dedicated to serving people in need. Often tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief to those in the United States and around the world.

Resources for Hurricane Harvey

The Department of Transportation's Operating Administrations are actively monitoring Hurricane Harvey and its impacts. The Department has proactively issued emergency declarations to remove restrictions in order to hasten the delivery of emergency equipment and supplies to the region. All of the Department's Administrations are poised to support the State of Texas with post storm recovery efforts.

For additional information, the Department of Transportation has provided the following links:

Some key safety tips:

  • This is still a dangerous storm; residents and visitors in areas potentially affected by the severe weather should listen to local officials and continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information.
  • Don't drive on flooded roadways. Remember — Turn Around, Don't Drown!
  • If you are in a high rise building and need to shelter in place, go to the first or second floor hallways or interior rooms. You want to stay on floors above floodwater or storm surge, but do not go to the highest floors due to wind impacts.
  • If you are under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately in the center of a small interior room (closet, interior hallway) on the lowest level of a sturdy building. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside.

Additional Resources by FFMA:

  • To help people affected by the storm, visit @nvoad's page for a listed of trusted organizations at https://www.nvoad.org/.
  • To find family & friends or to register yourself as safe, visit the @americanredcross Safe & Well site: https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/.
  • To report a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570.
  • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the @disasterdistressline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
  • Visit the FEMA Social Hub for updates from official emergency management social media accounts.
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.

We hope everyone stays safe and makes it through the storm unharmed. Projectmates is dedicated to helping those impacted by the storm and we send our best to those affected.

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