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Supporting Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief

Friday, September 1, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: JJ Colburn
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As people along the coast begin to clean up, many are still in harm’s way in a disaster without precedent. For those of you in affected areas, we hope you are safe and know that your fellow science teachers are ready to help.  There are many organizations set up to ensure that people impacted by the storm have the resources they need to rebuild. As Texans, it’s in our nature to persevere, even when mother nature shows us her worst. The disaster is far from over, but there are countless ways you can make a positive impact. While our first instinct is an immediate outpouring, keep in mind those affected may need continuous support in the months and years to come.

As our state joins together to support our fellow Texans, here are a few ways to provide assistance. Beyond entities listed below, there are countless ways to donate or volunteer. To confirm that you are supporting an entity that will directly provide support, check websites such as Charity NavigatorCharity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau before donating.
Helping Children:
The Texas Diaper Bank provides diapers to affected families with small children. The Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi is accepting financial donations but also needs blood. They serve a large portion of the Texas coast.
Donate Blood:
Blood is always needed! You can donate blood through the 
American Red CrossCarter BloodCareSouth Texas Blood and Tissue Center and others.
Donate Food
There are numerous food banks accepting donations. Keep in mind that many evacuees may not have access to a can opener or a working kitchen, so ready-to-eat, nonperishable items may be preferable. 
Houston Food Bank and Food Bank of Corpus Christi are some of the largest in the affected areas, but even in your hometown, there’s likely a food bank accepting donations toward relief efforts.
Helping Animals
Many people may have been separated from their pets and livestock during the storm and subsequent flooding. Others may have simply been abandoned. Whether it’s cash, pet supplies, fostering a homeless animal or adopting a new family friend, these great organizations can use help:
o   Houston Humane Society
o   Houston SPCA
o   San Antonio Humane Society
o   Austin Pets Alive
Donating Money
There are many reputable organizations seeking cash donations to put toward relief efforts, and most charities prefer cash to donated items. It’s also one of the easiest ways to reach out!
HEB is accepting cash donations at their registers for the American Red CrossThe Salvation Army, and Feeding Texas. You can even donate by text message!
o   For the Red Cross, text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
o   For the United Way, text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.
The need for volunteers will not diminish anytime soon. The Red Cross, Salvation Army, and countless local churches, schools, and other organizations are seeking volunteers and will train if necessary. If you do volunteer, however, please be sure to check with these organizations and be willing to go where needed.
This list is far from exhaustive. The need at this time seems truly infinite as we still struggle to grasp the scope of the disaster. Resources such as the 
USGSNOAA, and NASA are excellent sources of maps, images, and other information you can use for yourself and your students. Stay safe and know STAT stands with you.

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