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Harvey in Houston

In Houston, Texas, it came to the situation where 911 wouldn’t take any calls. Where people woke up out of bed in ankle-deep water. Where almost 50 inches of water destroyed millions of homes.

 

Hurricane Harvey brewed in the Gulf of Mexico, near the coast of Texas. All the warnings were taken seriously as people had already seen the results of Hurricane Katrina. As Harvey barrelled through Texas, it unloaded extremely heavy rain across the city of Houston, while heavily damaging coastal cities like Corpus Christi and Rockport

 

President Trump declared Hurricane Harvey as a national emergency and the National Guard has been  responding to a number of situations. These catastrophic floods have pushed many out of their homes and into the streets. Whether they’re using their boats to survive or trying to deal with what they have at home, Houston needs help. A number of houses have been torn down and local news stations have been requested to evacuate due to the floods. And worse of all, the storm doesn’t end in a day. Named as the first major US hurricane in over a decade, this Category 3 hurricane is taking things by a storm.

 

This hurricane is supposed to be just about the same intensity as Hurricane Katrina in ‘05, but lasting over 5 days. The treacherous winds and rains have been creating a sight of distress and helplessness. To help these storm victims, look at what you can do:

  • Contact the Red Cross [an organization that provides emergency assistance and disaster relief] by calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services can be contacted at 1-800-SAL-ARMY or donations can be made online, helpsalvationarmy.org.
  • Austin Pets Alive!: Don’t forget about the animals! As of August 26th, over 235 animals have been transported to this shelter. Donations can be made through http://www.austinpetsalive.org/ hurricane-harvey-evacuations/
  • Donate to Feeding Texas to help fund more food banks across necessary regions at donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas.

 

– Evanka Annyapu

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