Due to being an awesome and well prepared blogger, I often have a backlog of blog posts. Prior to Hurricane Harvey, I was trying to determine if I should publish a post on my new skincare routine, bitch about my pregnancy or tell you about a new artist I am obsessed with. None of those topics seem important right now.
August 29th marked the 12th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the worst experience of my life to date. We lost everything, I no longer have childhood homes or schools, and the emotional and psychological effects are lasting. Being refereed to as “refugees,” judged for looting, blamed for crimes in areas where we relocated, and being told it happened because New Orleans needed to be “cleansed” didn’t help. And, people are already saying some of the same things about Houston.
This past week was hard because it brought back some of the same anxiety. Although I am in
dry and boring Mississippi, my New Orleans family and friends relocated to Houston after Hurricane Katrina and the flood in Baton Rouge last year. My husband is from Houston so his entire family and friends (that I actually like) are there. Although this event is catastrophic, I am grateful for the same thing I was grateful for 12 years ago. None of my family and friends died but not everyone was as fortunate. After all, things can be replaced. But then there is the aftermath and I’m hoping I can provide some advice to people experiencing this as well as those who want to help.
WHERE TO GET ASSISTANCE?
First and foremost, compose a list of necessities then a list of things that need to be replaced.
- Contact FEMA for assistance
- Although controversial, contact Red Cross too
- FREE accommodations from Airbnb
- The Greater Houston Community Foundation composed this list of relief resources
So, a bit of time has passed and you are in the process of rebuilding your life. You will need counseling, your kids will need counseling. People who have experienced such devastation often suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
WHERE TO DONATE:
Congratulations, you are not as bad as I thought. Donate to the following:
- Pay Pal has listed several agencies to donate to.
- If you are near the areas affected, offer space for free through Airbnb
- Donate through Apple’s App Store or iTunes
- Donate money and supplies to the Greater Houston Community Foundation
- Donate money, goods, supplies, clothing, furniture and cars to the Salvation Army
- Donate diapers
- Donate money, food and volunteer at the Houston Food Bank
- Donate money and food to the Galveston County Food Bank
- Donate money and food to the Corpus Christi Food Bank
- Donate to Entergy and Red Cross who have partnered to restore power
- Donate through GoFundMe
- Use this Charity Navigator to find organizations to donate to
- Donate or volunteer through the North American Mission Board
- Donate to Heart to Heart International
- Donate or volunteer through Samaritan’s Purse
- Donate to the Texas Workers Relief Fund
- Donate to the Animal Defense League of Texas or purchase from their Amazon wishlist
- Donate to SPCA of Texas
- Donate to Portlight
If you are about that life (I’m not), donate blood.
As stated previously, I have family that have been affected. If you are interested in helping, email me.
Although recovering from such devastation takes time, can be frustrating and is most definitely a test of perseverance, you can get through this. It’s possible.