As a company, our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved in this horrific situation. It especially hits home for us because of how many clients and friends we know in Texas.
Thousands of people have been stranded in the storm since there was not a mandatory evacuation. The tens of thousands that have made it to a shelter have no idea what they will be going home to after the storm passes.
Lives have been lost and numerous injuries reported as people struggle to escape the flooding. Some areas will see as much as 50 inches of rain when it’s all said and done. Pets are at risk as well. Ranchers have had to drive their cattle to higher ground and some homeowners had to leave their pets behind.
It will take years before Texas recovers from this disaster. Most residents have no idea what, if anything, will be left of their homes.
If you want to help in the aid of Hurricane Harvey victims, there are numerous ways to give:
American Red Cross – The Red Cross is working to provide supplies, cots, blankets, and ready-to-eat meals
and comfort kits for victims. To donate, visit redcross.orgh, call 800-RED-CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to give $10.
The Humane Society of the United States – The Humane Society, along with other animal organizations such as SPCA of Texas, Austin Pets Alive, and the Houston Humane Society are working diligently to care for pets affected by the storm.
The United Way of Greater Houston – This agency has launched a relief fund to support its community. Its first priority is safety, shelter, and basic needs such as food. United Way will then start focusing on long-term recovery efforts.
GlobalGiving – GlobalGiving has set a goal to raise $2 million for Hurricane Harvey victims. This fund will provide food, water, and medicine. In addition, the group is working with local nonprofits in Houston to help with relief and recovery efforts on the ground.
Airbnb – This company has a web page where people can offer free lodging for hurricane victims. It is also waiving service fees until September 25th for those affected by the storm.
These are just a few of the many ways that you can do your part to help those in Houston and surrounding areas. Our hearts go out to all involved in this tragedy.