As Texas residents scramble to evacuate and leave the comfort of their homes in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, many are wondering how they may be able to help. The storm, which is already at a Category 4, is expected to make landfall in Texas on Friday night or early Saturday morning with the anticipation of up to twelve foot surges. The last hurricane to make landfall in the state was Hurricane Ike in 2008.
There are several ways that people may help, from donating time and both professional and volunteer services, to donating supplies and money. Here’s what you can do to contribute:
Carter Bloodcare is looking for all blood types to donate, with an emphasis on type O and type O negative, Dallas News reported. Spokeswoman Linda Goelzer stated that the center is “preparing for an increase in demand for blood and platelets as intensive care patients arrive in North Texas,” according to the news station.
Texas donors can call Carter BloodCare 1-877-571-1000 for information on times and places to donate. You may also text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
Professional Services Needed
Ema Lamar, of Favorite Healthcare Staffing, is seeking professionals to help with disaster relief anticipated from Hurricane Harvey. Multiple positions are available including Pharmacy Technicians, EMT’s and Paramedics, as well as Respiratory Therapists. There will be two different shifts available with forty hours of straight time pay and forty-four hours of overtime pay. The company is looking to fill the positions in San Antonio, Texas, as soon as possible and immediate start dates are available. To apply, attach your resume with contact information and email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer Your Services
As Hurricane Harvey evacuees arrive, volunteers may be needed throughout the weekend.
CITY OF DALLAS: Volunteers may be needed throughout the weekend as evacuees arrive. Volunteers can register online. According to Dallas News:
The city’s Office of Emergency Management said three Dallas recreation centers were set up to take in evacuees: Walnut Hill Recreation Center, 10011 Midway Road; Tommie Allen Recreation Center, 7071 Bonnie View Road; Samuel Grand Recreation Center at 6200 E. Grand Ave.
Walnut Hill was the first to open. Evacuees have arrived at the center and the American Red Cross is available there.
You may also sign up to volunteer your time at Redcross.org.
Those looking to donate money may do so through the American Red Cross or Salvation Army.
To donate through the American Red Cross, follow the instructions below, per the company’s website:
The Red Cross works 24/7 to be ready to respond to disasters such as hurricanes. Even before the first raindrop falls in Texas and Louisiana, the Red Cross is spending money to get ready. Please donate to the Red Cross to help. Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Your gift enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters big and small.
To donate to The Salvation Army please call 1-800-SAL-ARMY.