Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

The devastation from Hurricane Harvey continues to be felt throughout Texas, as heavy rains and catastrophic flooding are expecting to continue for days. Although the extent of the damage and death toll is not yet clear, the National Weather Service is already calling the storm “unprecedented.” Major highways are submerged in floodwaters, emergency services have received thousands of calls and authorities are urging residents to stay in place. Recovering from the disaster could take years, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. There are an untold number of homes and people affected, and the additional flooding and rainfall is set to make the situation even worse.

As emergency services, charities and aid groups gear up to address the massive need from Harvey, below are some ways that you can give to support both immediate needs and recovery needs that continue long after the TV cameras and news teams rollup coverage and turn the eye of the world away from this disaster. All of these organizations are 501(c)(3) public charities that can accept grants from your donor advised fund.

  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.  
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund to focus on medium- and long-term recovery needs that will arise in the weeks and months to come.
  • All Hands Volunteers’ response team has reached Texas and is currently in a staging position in San Antonio. This organization’s work is the essential next step after the life-saving work of emergency responders winds down.
  • American Red Cross has deployed several hundred disaster workers to Texas and is actively managing numerous shelters for those displaced by the hurricane and associated flooding. The Red Cross is also working to pre-position supplies ahead of expected regional flooding in Texas.
  • Americares is working through partners in San Antonio to reach affected areas and prepare for coming flooding.
  • Clean the World is providing Disaster Relief kits in affected areas.
  • Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services team has deployed fleets of semi-trucks and equipment on-site to provide immediate deliveries of relief supplies and emergency products to affected areas as requests come in from partners on the ground, as well as local and state relationships.
  • Direct Relief is working with the Texas Association of Community Health Centers and has made offers of Emergency Health Kits, which contain key medicines and supplies. Hurricane Prep Packs were also prepositioned throughout the area ahead of landfall.
  • Habitat for Humanity will conduct rapid assessments throughout next week. Evacuation orders currently affect at least five Habitat affiliates; and assessments in these areas will be slow coming if evacuation orders are extended.
  • HealthCare Ready has activated RX Open and is working with government agencies in the region to meet current and anticipated health needs.
  • NECHAMA is currently monitoring Hurricane Harvey closely and working with local partners and national partners, and plans to send an assessment team to survey and scout the affected area and plan an appropriate response.
  • Salvation Army has water, drinks, clean-up kits, shelter supplies and other items dispatched to locations throughout Texas. Forty-two mobile kitchens are staged in Dallas and San Antonio.
  • Save the Children is working to distribute child-specific supplies to children and families in San Antonio and Victoria, and will be establishing child-friendly spaces in shelters. Longer term goals include the restoration of child-care and education services, psychosocial support, and hosting children’s coordination working groups in affected areas.