Harvey: How To Help

The last three days in south and east Texas were spent prepping for and enduring Hurricane Harvey. While San Antonio and the hill country region were, for the most part, spared when the storm stayed further east than forecasted, the Texas coast and Houston area were met with catastrophic storm surges, winds, and flooding.

Over the same timeframe, I received more than my fair share of well wishes as the storm approached. I’m thankful to have friends and family that checked in from near and far. Those check ins made a nerve racking weekend easier to handle, and I appreciate that more than you know.

The focus now, however, needs to be elsewhere. The Texas coast and east Texas, as of this post, is still enduring what looks to be the worst disaster in Texas history, with the potential for effects to soon be felt in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.

Give What You Can

Consider donating to a charity or non-profit supporting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As I write, rescue operations are still underway in east Texas, and communities along the coast like Rockport have been referred to as a 100% loss.

It will take years to recover, and the effects of disasters of this scale are often felt most by the poor or disadvantaged. There will be no shortage of need as Harvey slowly, but surely makes its way out of Texas.

Personally, I have donated to the American Red Cross by texting HARVEY to 90999. In coming days I will likely make additional donations based on emerging need.

Tomorrow I will begin organizing a canned food drive at work for the San Antonio Food Bank, who is in urgent need of donations to feed people who fled Harvey from the coast.

I hope you choose to contribute in whatever way is right for you.

If you choose to do so, here’s how to help:

Donate money, or exactly what a charity is asking for.

We mean well. We want to help in times of crisis, but if we aren’t focused on responding specifically to what a charity is asking for, we create more problems than we solve.

When donations of goods are made, but not necessarily needed, charities have to divert resources away from crisis management to manage unwanted inventory, and often these items go to waste.

Visit the website of your desired charity or non-profit and look for information about the items or services they need.

If you can’t donate to a specific call to action from a charity, then money is the next best thing. Economies of scale mean charities can turn your monetary donation into results for people in need that exceed the dollar value of your donation.

Donate or volunteer with a reputable charity or non-profit:

Use Charity Navigator to learn about the effectiveness of the charities you support.

In the case of Hurricane Harvey, the following charities and nonprofits are providing support for people across the regions impacted:

Thank you for your support.


Additional info and resources:

FEMA director says Harvey is probably the worst disaster in Texas history

Hurricane Harvey: Where you can donate to help with disaster relief and recovery

Here’s How To Help The Victims Of Hurricane Harvey



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