The sun has come out and the biggest rainstorm in the history of the United States has finally left Houston…
but the unparalleled aftermath of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation has left the fourth-largest city in the country under water. Here are photographs of Houston, taken before and after Harvey wreaked havoc, and charities you can support for relief efforts in the city.
Hermann Park Golf Course
North Main Street Bridge
Local Relief Organizations
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The United Way of Greater Houston has launched a Flood Relief Fund to help with the recovery needs of Houston communities in the aftermath of Harvey. The organization maintains a disaster reserve fund, but due to the hurricane’s widespread devastation, the needs of those affected will greatly exceed their existing resources. The number one necessity is still financial help. Visit their website to make your monetary donations and to view updates regarding relief goods.
The Houston Food Bank will be providing food and supplies for many months to come to Texas residents who will be struggling to rebuild their lives. The greatest need is to procure funds that will help the organization provide relief and continuous recovery efforts. Donation of goods and supplies are still welcome. The Food Bank’s most needed items are: canned, ready-to-eat items with pull tops, peanut butter, snacks (granola bars, breakfast bars, etc), paper goods, toiletries, cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, bleach wipes, garbage bags, bug spray, etc.) and diapers.
The American Red Cross whose mission is to continuously build their network of generous volunteers, donors and employees working together in preventing and relieving suffering in America and around the world, is accepting cash donations on its website. You can also call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
The Salvation Army’s relief efforts focus on seven core services namely, Training, Food Service, Emotional and Spiritual Care, Emergency Communications, Disaster Social Services, Donations Management and Recovery. These services are modified depending on the magnitude of the disaster, and will be adapted to meet the specific needs of individual survivors. The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by Harvey, providing ongoing assistance to those in need and supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts. Financial donations can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.