Hurricane Harvey – Information & Ways To Help

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Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Gulf Coast of Texas on Friday night, August 25, 2017 as a Category 4 storm near Corpus Christi, and moved northeast along the Texas coast over Houston. Harvey is still a major threat to life and property and will continue to be into the coming week, according to weather forecasts.

Hurricane Harvey is causing major flooding in Houston and along the Texas coast with flash flood danger for most of the central and southeastern portions of Texas. Rain will continue falling across large sections of the state well into next week.

As Hurricane Harvey continues hovering over the state, the Texas Health and Human Services system has plans in place to help Texans. Visit this link for more detailed information.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Individuals, regardless of where they reside, can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Listed below are resources to connect with in order to make a financial donation, donate blood, or volunteer.

Make a Donation

Important information about charitable giving: The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) recently released tips for avoiding phishing scams from individuals attempting to pose as legitimate charity organizations. Click here for more information. The Better Business Bureau of Central New England offers tips to donors on avoiding scammers and donating money to legitimate disaster relief organizations.  Click here for more information.    

Donate Blood

Volunteer

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES

FEMA: https://www.fema.gov/hurricane-harvey

USA.gov: https://www.usa.gov/hurricane-harvey

Health and Human Services – HHS: https://www.hhs.gov/

American Red Cross – Contacting Loved Ones:  The American Red Cross offers assistance and tips for contacting loved ones in areas of the United States affected by disasters.  Click here for more information.

SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH): The Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 provides immediate crisis counseling and help to individuals nationwide who are experiencing psychological distress as a result of a natural or man-made disaster, or incidents of mass violence. The Helpline is available 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. The Helpline connects callers to professionals from the closest crisis counseling center in the nationwide network of centers. The Helpline staff will provide confidential counseling, referrals and other needed support services. Individuals can call or text ‘TalkWithUs’ to 66746.

For information on local efforts visit the Texas 2-1-1 website http://www.211texas.org/ or dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Texas. For individuals outside of Texas, dial 877-541-7905.

Information and a financial toolkit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to assist individuals after a hurricane can be accessed here: CFPB Financial Toolkit

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SOURCES: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and American Red Cross, Texas Health and Human Services., Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB)

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CONTENT LAST REVIEWED: August 2017