What you can do to help as Hurricane Harvey heads for the US

Hurricane Harvey may be worse thanks to the fallout from hurricane Trump. Not only is the expertise of Trump’s FEMA head questionable, at best, it appears the administration also plans to force people to choose between safety and deportation – an unusually cruel maneuver. We want to help you help the people you know and love (and all the perfect strangers in between) in the path of storm with some resources (below).

Organizations that are helping people prepare for and survive the pending hurricane:

Airbnb continues to step up its humanitarian efforts (you may remember its push to get people to house refugees) by helping people in the path find housing for free.

Heart to Heart is gearing up for medical assistance.

AT&T is working to ensure cell service stays up and running so families and communities can stay in touch.

Convoy of Hope is gearing up to support the area.

Team Rubicon is tracking the storm with an eye to cleanup and relief in its wake.

Direct Relief stands ready to send health kits and emergency kits as needed.

UPDATE: For up-to-the-minute, crowdsourced resources and mapped relief response, check out #HarveyRelief here, and follow them on Twitter @HarveyRelief.

Last, but not least, here is a list of local food banks that may need your donations in the wake of the disaster, if you live close enough:

Houston Food Bank

(832) 369-9390


Galveston Food Bank

(409) 945-4232


Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)

(361) 578-0591


Closed Friday

Corpus Christi Food Bank

(361) 887-6291


Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)

(409) 839-8777


Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)



Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)

(979) 779-3663


Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)

(512) 282-2111


San Antonio Food Bank

(210) 337-3663


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