How to get (and offer) help after Harvey

Hurricane Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast and left Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out these resources.

BY ALEX SAMUELS AND EMMA PLATOFF AUG. 28, 2017 UPDATED: SEPT. 6, 2017

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Evacuees seek shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston on Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017.

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It’s been more than a week since Harvey ravaged the Texas Coast and left Houston — the nation’s fourth-largest city — grappling with unprecedented flooding. Do you need help? Or do you want to help those in need? Check out the resources below.

If you’re a victim of Hurricane Harvey …

Shelter and relief

Disaster assistance

  • Lost — or found — a pet during the storm? Check hereherehere, and here.
  • FEMA is providing resources for people with disabilities, access and functional needs on its website.
  • Free Tetanus vaccinations are available at select Gulf Coast and Houston area H-E-B stores. See locations here.
  • Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is providing support to Harvey victims who are members of the Coast GuardArmy and Navy Marine Corps.
  • Are you a business owner? The Texas Association of Business has established a hotline to provide resources to business owners affected by the storm. Call 512-637-7714 or see the website.
  • For legal advice, call the State Bar of Texas legal hotline at 800-504-7030 for toll-free answers to basic legal questions in English, Spanish or Vietnamese. If you need a lawyer, call the State Bar’s Lawyer Referral & Information Serviceat 800-252-9690.
  • SpareFoot is offering free storage for Harvey victims.
  • DriveSavers is offering free data recovery services to people who have lost files due to water damage.
  • Car towed in Harris County? Call 713-308-8580 to locate it.

If you want to help victims of Hurricane Harvey …

Provide shelter and supplies

Make a donation

Give blood

Several hospitals are reporting blood shortages and seeking donations in the wake of the storm. O negative and O positive donations are particularly helpful, but people of all blood types are encouraged to donate.

  • Carter BloodCare is sending donations to Southeast Texas; see where you can donate here. You can also give blood through the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center —  find out more on their website or by calling 210-731-5590 —  and through We Are Blood.
  • Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi — which never lost power — is accepting blood donations as well as financial support.
  • Living outside of Texas? You can still donate blood through the Red Cross.

Volunteer your time

Are we missing anything? Let us know at eplatoff@texastribune.org andasamuels@texastribune.org.

Read related Tribune coverage:

  • The director of the federal Hurricane Harvey relief efforts offered guidance to Texans affected by the storm and urged citizens to help. [Full story]
  • As Harvey’s waters strand thousands of folks in their homes and send some onto rooftops — a chorus of onlookers have asked: Why didn’t more local officials order mandatory evacuations? [Full story]
  • Nowhere was Hurricane Harvey’s devastation felt more than Aransas County, which has had one storm-related death and has had many buildings severely damaged. The region’s difficult physical — and emotional — recovery is underway. [Full story]

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