This is all too familiar to me. When Katrina came through in 2005 it followed the exact path of of my family. I remember the frantic calls between aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins then the silence. Phones went dead and we lost all contact. My father, a retired emergency room doctor, went home to Bay St Louis, MS where Katrina made landfall to help and said there were no streets left-the pavement had been pulled away into the ocean. It was just sand. The town was leveled. My mother saw her childhood home in Slidell, LA on the news-you could only see the top 5 feet of the roof above water. We had family members that went missing and were only found almost a week later after they swam, waded, and finally walked out of New Orleans. The thought of the absolute devastation to so many places that I held close to my heart still gets to me.
Texas and Louisiana need your help and they will for a long time. Hurricane Harvey is not done yet. They are expecting another 15-20 inches of rain.
Please donate your time, your money, your blood-whatever you can.
American Red Cross: You can give here. The Red Cross is greatly in need of volunteers to help with warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer
Local food banks: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here.