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Hurricane Harvey: How Best to Help

Filed in NEWS HEADLINES, Storms by on August 30, 2017 0 Comments • views: 674

How can I help? That may be the first question on many of our minds while considering the devastation in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

Local organizations are sending manpower to Texas. The Cape, Islands and Southeast MA chapter of the American Red Cross has deployed 14 people from the entire chapter area, including 6 from Cape Cod and 1 from Martha’s Vineyard deploying virtually.  On Saturday Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod deployed two Jayhawk helicpoters and a fixed wing aircraft along with 18 crewmembers to Mobile, Alabama to assist with search and rescue operations. As of Sunday morning, Air Station Cape Cod crews had conducted 14 rescues in the Houston area.

But what’s the best way for you to help? Clothing? Food? Supplies? In reality, donations of that nature might hinder the rescue operation more than they will help.  So what instead? Many disaster response agencies say cash is best.

Our friends at the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association, with input from Florida area radio stations, offer this advice:

Streets flooded in the wake of Hurricane Harvey are viewed from a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Two Air Station Cape Cod Jayhawk helicopters and one HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed wing aircraft along with 19 crewmembers have been sent to support the search and rescue efforts. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Simon Greene.

With all that is unfolding in Texas from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, we know many of you are looking for ways to help. While you may want to send food and other items, the infrastructure may not be able to support those donations. Many organizations have been clear that cash, or cash equivalent, is preferred. Clothing, food, and/or any other drives could make the problem worse if they have to deal with unsolicited items. 

If you would like to help, the best and most effective way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Below are some suggestions: 

National VOAD:

Red Cross:

Salvation Army:

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