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How to provide aid to Harvey relief efforts

HOUSTON, TX – AUGUST 26: Rain from Hurricane Harvey batters the downtown area on August 26, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
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Tropical Storm Harvey is turning out to be one of the most powerful storms to hit the U.S. since 2005, and you don’t have to sit on the sidelines as it continues to inundate parts of Texas

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other relief agencies are already taking stock of the situation to help with evacuations and rescue efforts in Texas. But if you’re looking to pitch in sooner, here are some of the most reliable non-profit organizations you can contribute to:

American Red Cross

Donations can be made directly on the website redcross.com or you can also call 1-800-REDCROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a minimum donation of $10.

It’s also seeking blood donations.

Apple iTunes

The tech giant has teamed with American Red Cross to accept donations via a link available on the iTunes online store. You can donate in increments of $5, $10, $25, $50, $100 or $200. Unfortunately, store credit can’t be used.

GlobalGiving

This crowdfunding site started The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and is looking to raise $2,000,000 to exclusively donate the funds to provide long-term relief to the storm’s victims.

Texas Diaper Bank

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This non-profit is accepting donations to help with basic supplies and food for the youngest victims of Tropical Storm Harvey.

Americares

Americares is raising funds to provide medical care to those affected by the storm. As of now, they have deployed emergency teams to assist with the relief efforts in Texas.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is collecting funds to “provide physical, emotional, and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers.” Donated dollars are spent to support the organizations disaster teams, which help with both relief efforts and clean-up.

Austin Pets Alive!

Austin Pets Alive! is currently transporting pets out of shelters in affected areas. As of Saturday, Aug. 26, APA had transported over 235 animals into their shelters.

Most of the organizations listed pledge to send along 100 percent of the donations for Harvey relief efforts. 

However, if you’re looking to donate elsewhere, Charity Navigator provides an A-to-Z guide to charities based on a 4-star rating system. It could be a useful tool for researching other non-profits that best align with your intentions.

Due to the enormous damage Harvey has already caused, it looks like the recovery effort will be long one. In a statement to CNN, FEMA head Brock Long announced that the recovery work in the aftermath of the storm’s epic disaster could take years.

“The disaster is going to be a landmark event,” Long said.

Remember, unless you can physically volunteer, it’s best to donate cash, not things or assets, to relief agencies during a disaster of this scale. They know how to use the money better than you do.

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/08/27/how-to-help-tropical-storm-harvey-relief-efforts/

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