Texas Resources, Charities, Donations for Storm Harvey Relief

I wanted to keep a running list of new items; this was moved over from this post on storm intensity:



Aug 30 8:54 pm Pro Publica explains why there are much more effective choices to help out those affected by Harvey than ARC:


Aug 30 7:54 am Several commentators have suggested avoiding the American Red Cross, and donating to local charities or other national charities with better track records. See Washington Post, Slate, and others.


Aug 30 7:41 am  The Atlantic mag advises us to use an annotated list of trusted sources on the hurricane and its aftermath; seek out official sources of information; avoid social media trolls and fake news:

How to Track the Ongoing Fallout From Harvey


Aug 30 6:21 am Be aware of false claims on social media; the NYT debunks an insurance filing error:

No, Sept. 1 Isn’t Deadline for Hurricane-Damage Claims Under New Texas Law


Aug 29 7:38 am  Updated list from Charity Navigator about how to donate to local boots on the ground groups in Texas:

If you’re looking for a local charity to support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey please consider Houston Food BankFood Bank of Corpus ChristiHouston Humane SocietyHouston SPCA, or San Antonio Humane Society. These highly-rated organizations are located in the most-affected areas and are providing support to individuals and animals.


Aug 29 7:09 am  The New York Times reminds you a few simple ways to avoid being scammed:

Before giving money to an organization, do your research.

Charity Navigator, which identifies worthy charities, has a handy list of organizations that are responding in the aftermath of the storm.

For advice on avoiding fraudsters, check out tips from the Federal Trade Commission.

Aug 29 12:16 pm: Actually, I started clicking around — I have yet to see anything from LinkedIn, Medium, Paypal, Visa, MasterCard, and a surprising run of others.

Aug 29 12:13 pm: Nothing from Lowes . . .


Aug 29 12:09 pm: I see Home Depot has set up both a donation banner, is giving a million dollars, and set up ways to help locally.


Aug 29 11:07 am: Beware Coast Guard numbers trolls are circulating on Twitter:


The National Guard is being deployed to our Texas area. If you find yourself in a state of emergency. Call 1-800-527-3907.

That phone number is for an insurance company based out of state and is NOT a number to an actual governmental entity or emergency services.  Source: Houston Chronicle

Here is the official US Coast Guard account, and their actual emergency numbers:


Aug 29 10:23 am: I see Facebook has added ways to donate (still nothing from LinkedIn):


Aug 29 9:52 am: You can use your American Express points to make a donation:


Aug 29 8:31 am: You can contribute to Harvey victims via your Starbucks app:


Aug 28 6:31 am: Texas Monthly: Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey


Aug 27 8:47 pm: US Coast Guard posts phone numbers for people who are in danger and need rescued. Call 911 or  at 281-464-4851,  (or 4852 or 4853 or 4854 or 4855).


Aug 27 8:44 pm: Brock Long has been Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency since June 23rd; follow him on Twitter at FEMA_Brock.


Aug 27 8:39 pm: Some Emergency Contact numbers:


Aug 27 7:53 pm: Bloomberg has an early damage estimate of Harvey of at least $24 billion:


Aug 27 7:39 pm:  Catherine Silverman started a thread / tweet storm of what looks like all local Texas charities:



Aug 27 7:38 pm:  As Harvey’s waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a the Texas Tribune notes a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t more local officials order mandatory evacuations? 


Aug 27 7:35 pm: As a reminder, Pro Publica has a few tips for Donating After Disasters.


Aug 27 7:29 pm: A few worthwhile Twitter hashtags:

#SOSHarvey or #HarveySOS






Aug 27 7:12 pm: The Washington Post has an incredible feed of photos from what looks like closed circuit camera feeds:



Aug 27 6:39 pm: One of the things noticeably different today than a few years ago — think Japanese Tsunami 2011 or Sandy in the NY/NJ area in 2012 — is how fast various websites respond to disasters. Here is a run of sites that have posted various ways to donate to a broad variety of charities — see e.g.,  NOLA Times Picayune,Vox, BuzzfeedPopular Mechanics, Fader, Eyewitness News, NewsweekSlate, Patreon, Techcrunch etc.


Aug 27 6:31 pm: I don’t see anything on Facebook or LinkedIn yet, but I feel like I must be missing something somewhere.


Aug 27 6:15 pm:  Airbnb has posted a special Hurricane Harvey evacuees housing help (from August 23 until September 1 there is no fee), people can also offer their homes to help accommodate storm evacuees.



Aug 27 6:02pm: Apple adds Red Cross disaster relief to the iTunes music store:


UPDATE 3: Aug 27 5:08pm: Google set up a donation widget here; or just search for Hurricane Harvey

It seems to be half way down the page on any search:


Here is who they work with:

Google partners with the Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP), a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, which receives and distributes the money to effective, local relief efforts


UPDATE 2 Aug 27 3:58 pm: Charity Navigator has already set up a page with recommended relief agencies working to help those hit by Hurricane Harvey.


UPDATE: Aug 27 12:58pm  FEMA director says Harvey is probably the worst disaster in Texas history



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