Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

Looking to help those being affected by Hurricane Harvey? Here are ways you can aid relief efforts:

Focus on Nurses

The power of nurses near and far to support each other in times of crisis is inspiring.

 

  • The Texas Nurses Foundation is taking contributions to help nurses affected by Hurricane Harvey. All money collected will be distributed directly to nurses living in any one of the Texas counties declared disaster areas.
  • Disaster Relief Fund for Nursing Students - please be sure to designate funds for DISASTER RELIEF when you make your tax-deductible contribution. Please share this with your peers and others who are concerned about the plight of nursing students impacted by the storm.

 

Volunteer Your Nursing Skills

Nurses who wish to volunteer in Texas for Hurricane Harvey relief can register through the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry. The registry has set up a “2017 Hurricane Harvey” option under the “organization” category.

The Texas State Board of Nursing is not soliciting volunteers directly, but they are granting expedited temporary licenses for nurses from states that are not part of the Nurse Licensure Compact. California is not part of the Compact, so nurse volunteers from our state will need a temporary license. 

The American Red Cross is seeking health and mental health professionals to volunteer.

 

Donate Money, Not Goods

The best way to donate help is by sending money. Cash donations enable charities to buy the most needed types of food, medicine, clothing, shelter materials and other supplies. By buying relief products locally or regionally, charities can reduce shipping costs and more rapidly deliver assistance.

Here is a list of highly efficient and accountable charities involved in efforts to provide emergency relief and humanitarian assistance to the Texas Gulf flood victims of Hurricane Harvey:

  • The American Red Cross accepts online donations or text HARVEY to 90999 for donations of a least $10 using credit cards and PayPal
  • Direct Relief has committed an initial $200,000 in cash and made available its current inventories of more than $100 million in medical supplies to support medical relief and recovery efforts.
  • The Feeding Texas Food Bank notes that, for most wanting to support disaster relief, the best path is through financial support
  • For those looking to help animals affected by Harvey, the San Antonio Humane Society has created an emergency fund called Harvey's Heroes to help "shelter pet evacuees and strays affected by Hurricane Harvey."

If You are Committed to Donating Goods - First contact the charity to find out if the goods are appropriate and if it will be cost effective to distribute them.

Blood Donations Needed – Blood Source is putting out the call to the public to donate blood. There is a strong need for blood supplies that continues to grow.