Two and a half days after Hurricane Harveymade landfalland droppedmore than 2 feet of rain, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast have been displaced. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott activated the entire Texas National Guard.
FEMA Administrator Brock Long estimated Monday that 30,000 people may need shelter, and some 450,000 may qualify for federal flood victim assistance.
AsHarvey continues to dump rainon the Gulf Coast and floodwaters rise, many organizations are doing vital work to help save lives and give comfort.
Here's a list of some of the organizations that are undertaking this work and how you can contribute to them.
Of course, NPR isn't endorsing or vouching for any of these groups. It's a good idea to do a bit of research on any charity before you donate to it. One place to start isCharity Navigator.
GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of Greater Houstonhas launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.
Feeding Texasis a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts.The organization saysit steps in during major disasters to "coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the 'second disaster' of an unorganized response is avoided."
Here is its list of food banks in Texas likely to be affected by Harvey:
Portlight Strategiesfacilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organizationsays its hotlinefor Inclusive Disaster Strategies has received urgent requests from people in need.
TheTexas Diaper Bank, based in San Antonio, works to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. Itfocuses onproviding partner agencies with diapers and goods.
Austin Pets Alive!says it hastransported more than 235 animalsto its shelter. The organization seeks donations, as well as people who can adopt animals. It says it has received so many donated supplies that it's running out of storage space, so financial donations are what it needs most.