The response to Hurricane Harvey by members of the Clinton Foundation community; Ways to support
How you can help communities affected by the devastating storm
Updated at 4:45 pm ET Friday, September 8, 2017.
[Editor’s Note: In response to Hurricane Harvey’s devastation, and as Hurricane Irma batters other communities and is predicted to hit many more, President Clinton, President Obama, President George W. Bush, President George H.W. Bush, and President Carter have launched the One America Appeal.
The campaign asks fellow citizens to support the staggering recovery needs. All donations to the One America Appeal will be directed to the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, which will quickly distribute 100 percent of every dollar to recovery funds that are assisting hurricane victims.
To learn more or make a donation online, visit OneAmericaAppeal.org. And keep reading for other organizations that are working to support hurricane relief in Houston and across the country.]
On Friday, Hurricane Harvey touched down in Texas, registering as the strongest storm to land on U.S. soil in more than a decade. Harvey has returned inland as a tropical storm, setting off devastating amounts of floodwater that have overwhelmed the Houston area and surrounding communities.
Thousands have been forced to flee or take refuge in local shelters, and life-saving rescues are still ongoing throughout the region. Harvey is expected to continue bringing rainfall to the already deluged Southeast Texas area over the next few days, and Louisiana is bracing for more massive downpours as well. The National Weather Service has called the storm’s impact “unprecedented.”
Among the organizations mobilizing to address the needs of Harvey’s victims are members of the Clinton Foundation community. For more information about efforts underway and how you can help, see the following list, and check back for additional details as they’re made available.
SBP, a national, New Orleans-based nonprofit with a mission to shrink the time between disaster and recovery, is providing free guides to help impacted residents avoid common pitfalls of recovery. SPB encourages anyone impacted by Hurricane Harvey to access its Recovery Resource Page, and the organizations has established a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund for those who would like to contribute to their efforts.
Save the Children
Save the Children has emergency responders in San Antonio and is focusing on distributing essential supplies to children and families in shelters. This work will be ongoing as displaced families continue to arrive at shelters as a result of flooding. Beginning Monday, Save the Children is also establishing child-friendly spaces to allow displaced children a safe place to play. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Texas Diaper Bank
The Texas Diaper Bank, which distributes more than 1.1 million diapers each year, is currently working to provide much-needed diapers, incontinence supplies, and other items to shelters and agencies serving families displaced by the storm. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank will be distributing food to families in need as part of relief efforts. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
The Houston VA is sheltering homeless veterans in addition to caring for the medical needs of veterans and anyone else who walks in the doors. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Airlink, a rapid-response humanitarian relief organization that links airlines with international nonprofits, has assisted two NGO partners in deploying personnel to affected regions. They are also partnering with United Airlines on a fundraising campaign to support relief efforts. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Direct Relief is responding along the Gulf Coast by equipping health care providers with medicines and supplies. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Team Rubicon has been deploying search and rescue boat teams and is adding more resources to help with emergency services. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is providing relief services such as shelter, food, and supplies to people affected by the storm. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
World Vision is delivering relief goods such as food kits, tents, and sleeping bags to communities affected by the storm. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Americares has sent out an emergency response team and in identifying the needs on the ground, has been responding to requests for water and medications. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Global Giving has set up a fund that will inititally help first responders provide relief services and then move toward longer-term recovery efforts run by vetted organizations in the Gulf Coast. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
Veterans of Foreign Wars
Veterans of Foreign Wars is prepared to help service members, veterans, and their families affected by the storm. You can text “NEEDS” to 27722 to donate $10 to the VFW’s relief efforts. For more, visit here.
Disabled American Veterans
Disabled American Veterans, a nonprofit charity supporting veterans and their families, is accepting donations to help with disaster relief efforts. You can help them respond to Hurricane Harvey through their website here.
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