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Harvey - how we can help

September 4, 2017 Reviewed by Marta 0 Comments

Over this holiday weekend I was relieved to be in contact with treasured Truth In Aging community member, Jessica. She lives in Houston and her three-story house is damaged by the 49.72 inches of water her area received. Happily, she, her family and beloved dog are all safe and accounted for.

Jessica reminded me of the vast scale of the Harvey-hit area. Taking in the contiguous city limits, Houston s the largest in terms of square miles and the most populous of the top U.S. largest cities/metro areas. Houston has been the hardest hit in terms of damage and casualties.

I asked how we could help. Jessica is a medical practitioner and involved in the current “All-Call” for physicians/PAs/nurse practitioners. The state's governor has made the process of volunteering very simple and is allowing out of state state medics obtain temporary TX Med Board licenses if they active state medical licenses from elsewhere. For the rest of us, it is best to donate to the Red Cross.

Jessica is deeply involved in the Harris County Medical Society (the largest county medical society in the US) and the Texas Medical Association. They are currently assembling a list of the most directly helpful relief organizations. I'll be in contact with Jessica as much as her power supply and wi-fi allows and will post this information as soon as I can.

If other community members have stories to share and suggestions of how we can all pitch in to help, please hop on with your comments.

UPDATE: Here's the list Jessica sent of local organizations to donate to:
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
If you live in Texas, the City of Houston Emergency Operations Center has posted a list of places where you can take donations. In Dallas, officials have opened two donation centers.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is opening its doors at no charge this week, and offering extended hours. To donate, visit its website.
Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has posted an updated list of donor locations. Call 210-731-5590 or visit its website for more information.
Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
To help animals, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit its website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.”
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
National organizations
All Hands Volunteers will be working on damaged homes and removing debris.
The American Kidney Fund is providing emergency financial grants to dialysis patients.
The American Red Cross is accepting donations. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.
AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors.
Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.
Direct Relief is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas, and has made its medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort.

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