Published on 08/28/17
Information on health safety tips during and after the hurricane will be provided by the Office of the Assistance Secretary for Preparedness and Response and will be available at www.phe.gov/harvey.
Those interested in donating blood may contact the following organizations to find a local blood drive and to schedule an appointment:
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott recommended that those who want to help victims should donate to the American Red Cross, which he called a “tremendous asset.” A number of other organizations at the national, state and local levels will provide vital assistance to residents in the coming days, weeks and months.
Local and national relief organizations
The Salvation Army, Save the Children, Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Heart to Heart and Samaritan’s Purse are all on the ground in devastated areas and seeking donations to continue their response efforts. Texas Diaper Bank is sending out disaster relief kits to those affected.
Feeding Texas is a statewide network of food banks, and Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks serving the area hardest hit by Harvey. That list includes Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi and San Antonio Food Bank, among others.
To help nonhuman Texas residents, animal welfare organizations will be focused on rescuing, sheltering and rehoming pets. The Humane Society and the SPCA of Texas and their affiliated shelters will need money, supplies, food and foster volunteers.
Blood donations can be made through the American Red Cross, and Carter BloodCare, We Are Blood and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center are all Texas-based organizations sure to be seeking increased donations.
Other relief efforts
Airbnb has set up an Urgent Accommodations page, allowing evacuees to find a place to stay for free with the help of those able to offer their space at no charge.
A list of individual crowdfunding campaigns related to the hurricane can be found at GoFundMe’s Hurricane Harvey Relief page. GlobalGiving, another crowdfunding site, is aiming to raise $2 million for a relief fund.
Most of the above organizations have volunteer opportunities available as well.
For more updates on Harvey, click here for Yahoo News’ live coverage of the storm.
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Five modules of emergency medicine are staged in strategic locations along Hurricane Florence’s path and can be opened by local health facilities should they be needed. One pack, located in Ahoskie, North Carolina, was expected to be opened this weekend.
Direct Relief pre-positioned the medical essentials in the region several weeks ago and delivered additional medications and supplies earlier this week in advance of the storm.
Mass evacuations to remove people from harm’s way create their own challenges and health risks for people who already are vulnerable, including those with chronic medical conditions that if unmanaged can rapidly become acute crises.
On an ongoing basis, Direct Relief provides large-scale donations of insulin from Eli Lilly and other medications from dozens of healthcare companies for patients in both North and South Carolina who lack health insurance, have limited financial means, and rely on health services from nonprofit community health centers.
“Because of the obvious risks to access that exist in this situation, we’re doing everything we can to ensure that insulin and any other needed medications are available to our community health center partners in the affected areas,” said Thomas Tighe, Direct Relief president and CEO.
Direct Relief emergency personnel are in North Carolina, coordinating response efforts with the North Carolina Community Health Center Association and the North Carolina Association of Free Clinics, whose members operate more than 108 clinics and health centers throughout the state, providing primary care services to more than 620,000 residents annually.
Direct Relief has worked closely with state health associations and their members for the past nine years and has furnished more than $72.1 million in medical material aid and financial assistance to over 240 health centers and free clinics in North Carolina.