Last Updated Aug 30, 2017 2:18 PM EDT
Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread damage across southeastern Texas and the floodwaters are expected to continue to rise for several more days. Officials say they expect 450,000 people to register as disaster victims with federal government. Thousands are already in shelters.
Here are ways to help flood victims and donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts:
FEMA Administrator Brock Long encouraged Americans who want to help storm victims to connect with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) online, which is coordinating donations and volunteers.
City of Houston Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which accepts tax deductible donations for flood relief victims. The organization will accept checks, money orders, bank wire transfers, stock, corporate bonds and other marketable securities. For donation instructions, click here.
JJ Watt Foundation
Houston Flood Relief Fund on the YouCaring crowdfunding site. Watt has personally donated $100,000 to those who’ve been affected by the storm, and close to $6 million has already been pledged.set up an online fundraiser called the
GoFundMe has also set up a web page for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting donations by phone and online. Donors may text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Facebook & Google Hurricane Harvey Funds
Google has set up a website for donations and says the company will match the amount people give, up to $1 million. Donations will go directly to Network for Good and will then be distributed to the American Red Cross, with Google covering all processing fees.
Facebook also says it will match every dollar raised through its platform, up to $1 million. Funds will go to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy’s Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund to support local recovery and rebuilding efforts. Facebook users in the U.S. are getting a message at the top of their news feed on how to donate.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is also…