HURRICANE HARVEY: How to Help

Social media is full of articles like this one from CBS news about what not to do, so I thought I would investigate what we should do and how to help with hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey.
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Sitting in the bone dry desert that is Southern Utah, it's hard to know how to process what is happening in Texas right now. At least 30 deaths and many more injuries are believed to be related to the storm, which has inundated parts of the Houston area with more than 40 inches of rain. In some places, totals have surpassed 50 inches, setting a record for the continental United States. At least a quarter of the land mass of Harris County, which includes Houston, is flooded, according to Jeffrey Lindner, a meteorologist for the Harris County Flood Control District. My heart is broken watching the news, reading the Facebook updates and talking to friends and family as they are evacuating or unsure about their homes. Social media is full of articles like this one from CBS news about what not to do, so I thought I would investigate what we should do and how to help with hurricane (now tropical storm) Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Sandbags

If you're looking for some entertainment, a Utah local has started his own campaign to help raise funds. Collin Kartchner is an Instagram Stories favorite (@collinkartchner) and in the last 24 hours has raised almost $15,000 raffling off donations. The donations include everything from his "nuch" merch to botox to financial planning services and we are happily following along in his shenanigans. The entire effort has been an incredible joint effort to witness as more and more brands and shops have happily donated. Efforts like this-sending cash instead of physical supplies-have been proven more effective in disaster relief.


Along with him, a bunch of nonprofit organizations are working to mobilize relief for those affected, with some putting a specific focus on more vulnerable communities:

Unfortunately, some scams are circulating online. Here are a few things to watch out for. If you have any non-profits to add to our list, please comment below!

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