Hurricane Harvey fell from a Category 4 to Category 1 hurricane when it made landfall Friday, but that hasn’t been much comfort to Texans, who have dealt with an unending torrent of wind and rain all weekend and into Monday, with experts saying it will likely get worse before it gets better. Five have died in the flooding so far, with citizens and rescuers dodging light poles and power lines in boats as they try to rescue people in stranded neighborhoods.
Houston is 700 miles from Columbus, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t ways to help. Here are a few organizations on the ground now that you can donate to to help them assist storm victims.
Red Cross volunteers are on the ground in the city assisting citizens with shelter and supplies. The organization is urging people to call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
All Hands specializes in disaster recovery all over the world, and has moving into the affected areas.
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The Houston Humane Society is helping provide shelter and care for pets in the area, but are operating with a skeleton crew and need resources.
Portlight works specifically to help those with disabilities during disasters, and is urgently seeking help to secure resources like sign language interpreters and medical equipment.
Global Giving is trying to raise $2 million for disaster relief and long-term recovery. They’ve already raised almost $150,000.
Finally, local food banks need help securing supplies for evacuees, the city’s homeless and all other victims of the storm. The best way to help is to donate to Feeding Texas, the Houston Food Bank and other local organizations. The Houston Press has a list of all food banks in the affected area.
Comedian Kevin Hart, who is coming to Columbus in September, called out celebrities by name and encouraged them to donate for Harvey relief.
“I think the people are in bad shape and they need help. I'm going to lead the charge and step up in this way,” he said.
Scott Berson: 706-571-8578, @ScottBersonLE