How To Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

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For a medical/functional emergency call 211.
For a life-threatening emergency call 911.
If you need to be rescued call 281-238-3430
If you need info about shelters or help, inside Houston, dial 311. Outside Houston, dial 211

People in distress can call the following US Coast Guard numbers:

You can also call the new Coast Guard Harvey emergency response line at 202-372-2100. Please call and provide your name, number of people trapped, number of pets, address and telephone number.

– How to apply for FEMA assistance
– HPD: Anyone with a boat who can volunteer to help. please call 713-881-3100 



Hurricane Harvey has devastated the golf coast, flooding southern Texas and parts of Louisiana. This huge storm has caused wide spread devastation across the coast causing homes to be flooded, families to be torn apart. And it’s not over yet:

“Two and a half days after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and dropped more than 2 feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard.

FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated Monday that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance.

As Harvey continues to dump rain on the Gulf Coast and floodwaters rise, many organizations are doing vital work to help save lives and give comfort.”

– Laurel Wamsley NPR

As of this morning, the monstrous category 4 hurricane has hit landfall again, causing more chaos and damage to the area. The rains are not going anywhere. According to the National Weather Service, “ a strong area of high pressure is hanging over the Southwest and doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon.” This is keeping the storm hovering over Texas, dropping more rain, across Texas and Louisiana. 

“With rain rates as high as 3.87 inches per hour, inundating rain immediately to the west of Harvey’s center of circulation crushed the southeast Texas counties near the Louisiana border Tuesday into early Wednesday.”

When we see the destruction on our social media, news outlets and all over the internet, we want to know one thing: What can I do to help? 

Disasters like the flooding that has followed Hurricane Harvey, displacing thousands of people, always create a tremendous need for help — and a tremendous desire to provide that help —— but before you donate to a foundation that appeared on the web three hours ago, take a step back and make sure it is not a scam.

Thats right. Unfortunately there are people that take these dire times and turn them into scams for their own profit. But, Formanek Creative is here to help you. We have compiled a list of legitimate places to donate to help the cause. Note that over time the needs change. The most sure bet your donation is going to be used properly is to send a cash donation.

“ Cash donations are almost always preferred over items — such as blankets, clothing and stuffed animals — often sent into overwhelmed disaster areas by well-meaning donors.”

However, if the foundation has a list of things then need,  and you would rather send those, do not hesitate. Every bit helps.



The American Red Cross :

“The American Red Cross is working day and night to get help to where it is needed most. Rain continues to fall, thousands of people have already been forced to abandon their homes, leaving everything they own behind. It is anticipated that many more families will be impacted as rain continues to fall and flooding persists. The area could get as much as 50 inches of rain before Harvey leaves the region. The area of Texas that’s currently underwater is comparable to the size of Lake Michigan.

In Texas, officials are estimating that more than 30,000 people could be forced from their homes, with more than 725,000 people currently under mandatory evacuation orders and more than a million facing voluntary evacuation orders. Thousands more are also being evacuated in Louisiana. Preliminary FEMA estimates indicate as many as 67,000 homes in Texas may be damaged. Water rescues are still occurring and numerous hospitals and nursing facilities are evacuating patients and residents. Transportation, travel and housing are expected to see significant challenges for an extended period of time. Schools and airports are closed and hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. Communications systems are out, including landline, cellular, internet, and mass media platforms.

What We’re Doing

Our first priority is keeping people safe while providing shelter, food and a shoulder to lean on. Throughout the night, emergency responders continued to bring rescued families to shelters and thousands of evacuees streamed in on their own. Preliminary estimates indicate that at least 17,000 people sought refuge in more than 45 shelters across Texas Monday night. This includes at least 8,000 evacuees at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Shelters are also open in Louisiana as the storm moves in to the area.

Almost 1,000 volunteers are on the ground and more help is on the way. They will be joined by a group of highly-skilled volunteers from the Mexican Red Cross who will help support shelters, distribute aid, and connect with Spanish speaking disaster survivors to keep them informed about support available to them. Along with our partners, we have served nearly 30,000 meals and snacks since the storm began. More than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas. This includes supplies to support 6 kitchens, each able to produce 10,000 meals a day. About 73,000 ready-to-eat meals are currently on the ground with an additional 43,000 en route. More than half of our emergency response fleet – 200 Emergency Response Vehicles – have been activated for the operation.

At the end of last week, the Red Cross prepositioned additional blood products in Houston ahead of the storm to help ensure an adequate blood supply would be available for hospital patients. We also staged more blood product inventory in Dallas. We are closely working with local and federal authorities to continue the distribution of blood products to our hospital partners.

More than 14 million hurricane and flood alerts have been issued through Red Cross mobile apps since Thursday, surpassing the 6 million issued for Superstorm Sandy. The alerts provide people with real-time information so they can help protect themselves and their loved-ones.

The Red Cross is working very closely with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others – to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people as quickly as possible. The Red Cross is mobilizing its disaster partners to support feeding, child care, disaster assessment and other disaster services.

You can find shelters by calling 1-800-REDCROSS (1-800-733-2767), visiting or by downloading the free Red Cross Emergency App. The Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to

If you need to find a shelter, you can also check with your local officials for information on where to find a shelter. Monitoring your local media may also help.”


How You Can Help:

Any amount can help, noting that texting the word “Harvey” to 90999 will automatically donate $10 to the red cross.

To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, please contact us at 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669).

You can also reach us at:

Español: 1-800-435-7669

TDD Operator: 1-800-220-4095

Web donations:




Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – Created by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

“After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, 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, a 501(c)(3) public charity.”


How You Can Help:

Donate on their website:



Help the animals! – SPCA of Texas.

If you are in Texas, and can foster an animal or more PLEASE Contact the SPCA or the Houston Humane Society!

“(DALLAS, TX); August 25, 2017 — This afternoon, the SPCA of Texas, received a transfer of 123 un-owned cats from The Cattery Cat Shelter in Corpus Christi at the SPCA of Texas’ Animal Rescue Center, Empowered by PetSmart Charities Emergency Relief, in West Dallas. The SPCA of Texas is prepared to intake up to 300 animals affected by Hurricane Harvey if needed, and will evaluate capacity on a daily basis after that. This transfer frees up space in animal shelter facilities to make more room for animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. 

For photos of the cats’ arrival at the SPCA of Texas, please visit the following link:

As the organization prepares to deploy disaster response efforts in North Texas to assist the Gulf Coast, support for this effort and for all of our programs and services is critical. Please consider making a financial donation at or make an in-kind donation. The supplies most needed are cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards. In-kind donations can be brought to the SPCA of Texas’ Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center in Dallas or the SPCA of Texas’ Russell H. Perry Animal Care Center in McKinney.

Additionally, the SPCA of Texas is putting out a call for foster homes to help us care for the animals already in our shelters and those coming from the Gulf Coast. It is easy to sign up at We will continue to need fosters for the pets in our care as we bring in more animals.

The animals that have been transferred to the SPCA of Texas will be evaluated upon their arrival by SPCA of Texas’ medical and behavior teams and will receive all the care they need. The SPCA of Texas hopes to place them up for adoption in the coming days and weeks. The SPCA of Texas encourages families interested in adding a pet to their home to consider adopting now. Dog and cat adoptions are $25 through September 3rd. By adopting a pet from the SPCA of Texas, you will save that animals’ life as well as open up space for another homeless pet in need. To see all pets the SPCA of Texas has available for adoption, please visit

To learn more about the SPCA of Texas, to help the SPCA of Texas fund future efforts like this and to support the SPCA of Texas’ other programs and services, please visit or call 214-742-7722.”



Houston Humaine Society

If you are in Texas, and can foster an animal or more PLEASE Contact the SPCA or the Houston Humane Society!

“The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to, and working towards, ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care.

We receive no federal, state, or local government funding and rely solely on donations, program services, and special events.  HHS is committed to creating awareness of animal welfare throughout the Houston community by providing numerous programs for Houston area residents and their pets, including pet adoptions, humane education, Animal crimes investigations, and Houston’s best high volume, low cost spay/neuter and wellness clinic.

With your help we can reduce animal suffering throughout the Houston area.  Adoption, volunteering, education, participating in our special events, or making a donation to help support our programs, are all ways you can help HHS make a difference in lives of abused, homeless, and neglected animals.

On our website you will find information on all of our wonderful programs, tips, and other resources to help you and your pet live a long and healthy life together!”


How You Can Help:

Become a temporary foster parent or Donate on their website:



Feed Texas – Houston Food Bank

“We’re in it for the long haul.

An unprecedented number of people in the greater Houston area are affected by the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The storm unleashed monumental destruction across southeast Texas.  For individuals who already struggle to provide for their family’s basic needs, the flooding is even more catastrophic.

How does the Houston Food Bank help people affected by Harvey?

The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but we’ve never seen devastation on this scale. 

We will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to come to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives.  The Food Bank will work closely with our network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most.  We also find ways to connect offers of help with those who are providing help.

If you need help

Call our helpline at 832-369-9390

Call 2-1-1


How You Can Help

Donate Money

The best thing you can do to help the Houston Food Bank right now is to make a donation of money designated for disaster relief.

Our neighbors urgently need assistance.  The Houston Food Bank’s greatest need is for funds that will help us provide relief and continue recovery efforts.

Donations will be used for disaster relief until this year’s needs are met, and the remaining funds will support ongoing hunger-relief efforts.


Please register first so we can make sure you have a productive experience


Regular volunteer shifts apply, open daily (including Sunday)

Donate Food and Supplies

Drop off curbside at 535 Portwall

Now through Saturday, September 9

8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Saturday/Sunday


Most Needed Items

> Canned ready-to-eat items with pull tops: vegetables, fruit

> Protein in pouches or pull-top cans: tuna, beef stew, chili, canned chicken

> Peanut butter

> Snacks: granola bars, breakfast bars, etc.

> Toiletries

> Paper goods

> Diapers

> Cleaning supplies: mops, mop buckets, brooms, bleach wipes, bleach, garbage bags, bug spray

Please note: The Houston Food Bank’s Emergency Food Pantry is closed until further notice.


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