Hurricane Harvey – What you can do to help

Hurricane Harvey’s Impact

Described as “worse than worst case.” Harvey’s torrential rain, devastating winds, and catastrophic flooding has resulted in at least 60 deaths, driven over one million people to evacuate their homes, and caused extensive and widespread destruction.

  • Harvey made landfall three times — once as a hurricane and twice more as a tropical storm.
  • Cedar Bayou, Texas, on the outskirts of Houston, recorded 51.88 inches of rain from Harvey in just under five days, according to the National Weather Service marking a new continental U.S. record.
  • 42,000 + individuals in shelters throughout Texas, and approximately 30,000 in hotels through the transitional housing program – and many more people housed in shelters in Louisiana.
  • According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 325,000 Harvey disaster victims have already applied for FEMA assistance, and they expect 125,000 more applications.
  • It will take years for these communities to recover.

Our Response

United Way World Wide created the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.

what can you do to help?

If you would like to support the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, you can make your gift online or write a check to United Way of Alamance County. 100% of gifts received will be given directly to support the affected areas. As of today $25,440,000 has been raised for mid and long-term recovery from national and local funds.

If you would like to volunteer on the ground in the affected areas, visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website and complete this form. NVOAD will connect volunteers with opportunities on the ground as the situation becomes safe for volunteers. In the coming days, as United Ways come out of immediate crisis mode and begin the long road to recovery, more volunteer options will more than likely become available.

We are not accepting donated items at this time. Because of the infrastructure damage in the impacted areas, many organizations that usually specialize in collecting, organizing, and distributing goods from individuals and groups have paused those operations. In general, the most effective way to assist the response and recovery effort is to make a monetary contribution so that local communities have the flexibility to respond expediently to their community’s unique needs.

If You or Someone You Know Needs Assistance

2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services—24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs related to hurricane recovery or anything else.