The Nation is watching Houston in stunned silence this week as the flood waters from Hurricane Harvey swallow up businesses, homes, and lives. Harvey made landfall over Texas as a category four hurricane over the weekend. The hurricane quickly dissipated to a tropical storm and stalled out over Houston. Some parts of the city have seen over 50 inches of rain in less than a week.
Celebrities aren’t the only ones helping, though. Countless organizations and federal programs are available to assist victims. Read on to find out how you can get help if you need it or give help if you are able.
Are you a flood victim? Get help here.
Find out if you qualify for individual federal assistance at www.disasterassistance.gov. The website will forward you to a FEMA page if you are eligible. You will find an application button on the FEMA page.
KHOU.com published a comprehensive shelter list here. You can also text SHELTER and your zip code to 4FEMA (43362) or use the FEMA mobile app to find a place to stay.
Crisis Cleanup is an organization dedicated to helping disaster victims clean up after the storm has passed. Call 800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 if you need help. A volunteer will take your information, create a work order and pass the information on to volunteer teams. All help offered through Crisis Cleanup is 100% free. Volunteers can help with removing carpet, tree limbs or yard debris among other things.
If you lost your job as a result of Hurricane Harvey, apply for unemployment benefits here.
Want to help flood victims? Donate here.
Before donating any money, make sure the charity you are donating to is reputable! Charity Watch is a great resource to use when determining where to donate.
Call local shelters to find out what they need. You may be surprised by their actual needs.
Donate to the American Red Cross here.
Donate to the Salvation Army here.
Register a volunteer team with Crisis Cleanup here.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established The Greater Houston Community Foundation to connect donors with nonprofits.
The United Way of Greater Houston is accepting donations here.
American’s all over the country are in awe of the selfless acts of kindness occurring throughout Houston this week. Even from a distance, we can help Houstonians put their lives back together. Charles Dickins said, “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”
Let’s get out there and be useful.