As nearly 40 inches of rain is expected dumped on Texas in light of Hurricane Harvey, several help lines have been set up to assist the victims and survivors already struggling with the massive flooding wrought over the weekend.
The Washington Post reported that weather agencies said Harvey’s rain would be “epic and catastrophic,” and “beyond anything experienced”. It is expected to affect more than 7 million people.
Here are ways to donate or volunteer in the efforts to rescue and aid affected residents:
The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or to text 90999 to donate $10. The organization is also asking for volunteers.
Heart to Heart International is in need of more hygiene kits for people who were exposed to flood waters, and they may be contacted here.
Samaritan’s Purse meanwhile in a statement on their website has disaster relief trucks positioned to move into Dallas once given the go-ahead by authorities, but are in need of donations like medicine, emergency response kits that include thermal blankets, wound dressing and sanitizing equipment, changes of warm clothes, sleeping sacks, and volunteers in their efforts. They may be reached through their website and social media accounts.
The Salvation Army is also accepting donations whether monetary or in kind and can be contacted here.
“As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need,” it said on their website.