My Experience With Hurricane Harvey
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Animals and humans have been displaced from their homes. There are some shelters that allow people to bring their pets, but many do not allow pets. Bayou Animal Services is doing a great job assisting people with their pets. They currently have over 300 pets they are providing shelter to with a 5 person staff. They have asked for volunteers to assist and so far people are helping. Next week many places should be open for people to return to work. This is good for economy, but bad for volunteers. Visit their Facebook page to see their Live Facebook video.
Several schools have turned into shelters as well as the Gallery Furniture store in Houston. Jim McIngvale, Mattress Mack, has a large heart and will be remembered for this kind act. I know I will be shopping there for any future furniture needs. He has provided shelter and food for many who have been evacuated from their homes.
Shelters are not permanent places to stay and there are resources helping to find a permanent place for people to stay while rebuilding their lives. FEMA has been helpful and I have heard no complaints as of yet. Churches, schools and businesses are providing resources and information to assist people rebuild.
Walk In Their Shoes
I have seen people from all over comment on people staying in their flooded or damaged homes. I understand people staying. Many are rebuilding or protecting what they have. There are looters and dishonest people around. The police can only do so much. Do not judge until you are in the same situation!
I am proud of the assistance many are giving. Please be cautious of people collecting money to help the hurricane victims. There are tons of scams and it has only been a few days! It is best to donate goods or money directly to reputable sources. Research! Take the time to look into what organization you are donating money to. I am trying to do my part.
I am able to get to stores and purchase items some of our area shelters need. I have taken them to the donation sites. I know these items are going directly to the people or animals in need. Take care of each other and appreciate what you have.
Want To Help?
Here are 4 places you can donate to, if you’d like to help. There are many charities assisting with the South Texas Harvey cleanup. These four are known reputable receivers, listed in no specific order:
- American Red Cross : https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey
- Salvation Army : https://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org
- Save The Children : http://www.savethechildren.org
- Samaritan’s Purse : https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey
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