Austin responds to Hurricane Harvey (and this is how you can help) —
September 20, 2017

Austin responds to Hurricane Harvey (and this is how you can help)

Delco Center Shelter Harvey (KUT photo)

The City of Austin and Travis County encourage people interested in supporting flood survivors who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey to make monetary donations to established, reputable organizations assisting in relief and recovery efforts.

As reported by Community Impact, an emergency Austin City Council meeting was held on August 29, in which Mayor Steve Adler and council members reaffirmed the city’s commitment to helping those displaced by Harvey.

“We are not checking immigration status at shelters,” Adler said. “Our priority is your safety, and we want to make you feel at home regardless of where you come from. That is the character of this community and is the kind of hospitality that we’re going to show.”

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has identified the need for shelters to hold 30,000 people across the state of Texas. On Aug. 29, the city’s shelter capacity was 7,000 people.

As the City stated in a press release, monetary contributions allow relief organizations the greatest flexibility in meeting the needs of flood survivors quickly. Monetary donations also reduce the labor and expense of sorting, packing and distributing donated goods. No donations are being accepted for clothing, food, or other supplies and materials.

To make a monetary donation, go to Central Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at centraltxvoad.com/about/members, or Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster at txvoad.communityos.org. Central Texas and Texas VOAD consists of local, regional, and national nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and governmental partners that coordinate disaster relief, response and recovery. An extensive list of VOAD members is provided with information about how to donate to each.

Travis Austin Recovery Group (targroup.wordpress.com/mission) is a long-term recovery group led by residents, experienced organizations and advisors to ensure effective relief for families and communities impacted by disasters.

The Red Cross is currently accepting monetary donations only at this time. Contact the Red Cross at 800-928-4271 or visit redcross.org for donation information. The Austin Disaster Relief Network is also accepting monetary and survivor item donations.

For frequently asked questions about Austin and Hurricane Harvey Disaster Assistance and Recovery information, go to: http://austintexas.gov/help.

An ongoing list of events planned by folks in the Austin music scene to provide Hurricane Harvey relief is being updated by the Austin American-Statesman’s Deborah Sengupta Stith and Peter Blackstock as events pass and as more events are announced is at music.blog.austin360.com.

In response to a request from the City of Victoria, Texas, the City of Austin Transportation Department dispatched supplies, signal and sign technicians on Aug. 31 to help Victoria recover from Hurricane Harvey. While in Victoria, the crews will help replace roadway signage and restore traffic signals to proper working condition.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. It has been difficult to see the devastation,” said Austin Police Chief Brian Manley. “However, it has been uplifting to see everyone come together working as one to save lives. Our Austin Police Association is helping the first responders in the Rockport area. I have been in touch with Houston Police Chief and friend, Art Acevedo about what the needs are. The recovery of this significant event is going to take time. When appropriate the Austin Police Department will send resources as needed to assist in any way possible. We stand by our colleagues and the community in the Houston and Rockport area.”

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