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Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief: How to Help

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday evening, August 25, as the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. The storm, which intensified over the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Texas and its surrounding states, brought heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and a powerful storm surge. It has significantly impacted communities along the Texas coastline, including Houston, as well as other areas along the Gulf with wind and flood damage. 

You might be wondering what you can do to help. One easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Here are some suggestions and a little guidance if you’re not sure where to start.

This ProPublica article is worth reading in its entirety, but it makes a couple of key points to keep in mind about giving after a disaster:

  • Do your own research before giving to any group.
  • Groups with strong local ties to their community can sometimes be the best option.
  • You have the right to demand accountability of the groups you give to.

If you are looking for some groups to send money or other support to, here are some options. We have curated this list from recommendations from our NBCC community, Charity Navigator and the New York Times:

  • Jordan International Aid: NBCC Partner Enoch Choi does medical disaster relief regularly through Jordan International Aid. On Tuesday, September 5 he will go with a team of doctors and nurses to provide medical aid to the families affected by the hurricane. (Guidestar profile)
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established this fund that is housed under the Greater Houston Community Foundation. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm. (Guidestar profile)
  • Houston SPCA: The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. They are currently providing emergency animal rescue in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Charity Navigator rating)
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Disaster relief units and staff are already on the ground in Texas. (Charity Navigator rating)

If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Powery at epowery@nbccbayarea.com. Thank you for your generosity!