Hurricane Harvey: How You Can Help

On Friday night on the coast of Texas, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a category 4 storm with record winds of 130 mph. Merely 56 hours before it hit land, Harvey was named as a simple Tropical Storm. Soon, he gained momentum and began his path of destruction.

Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to hit the U.S. since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, bringing the same havoc that she had brought to New Orleans. At the least, Southeastern Texas has seen 25 inches of rain in some areas and up to 30 or more inches in others. 300,000 people have been reported without power and approximately 30,000 are displaced from their homes. The worst of it is that Hurricane Harvey is not done.

Until September 1st, Texas is expected to see continuous rainfall as Harvey moves across the state. The weather teams report it is difficult to track where he will it next, but they’re working to continue evacuation. The mayor of Houston said the current goal is to save as many lives as possible.

The best thing for those in Texas right now is to help in any way possible. There are many places you can donate money, and the American Red Cross is seeking blood donors and even volunteers. Some websites where you can donate money or creator a fundraiser are: American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Samaritan’s Purse, Save The Children, the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, and Heart to Heart International. The Texas Diaper Bank is also creating disaster relief kits and you can donate money to help here.

Two other websites you can donate money to or help fundraise also include World Vision and Clean the World.

For even more ways that you can help those in need and suffering in Texas, please go to http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/how-to-help-hurricane-storm-harvey_us_59a166dde4b0821444c37515

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that this storm could take years to recover from, so these people need all the help they can get.

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