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Hurricane Harvey: What’s Happening & How You Can Help

Resources for those affected and those looking to give.


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On behalf of the DoSomething.org staff and our 5.5 million members, we are thinking of everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey and hoping you are safe.

Rescue operations in full swing in Houston as people flee flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. pic.twitter.com/znCJAJCFQL

— Robert Gauthier (@rgaut999)

August 27, 2017

This man is a preacher checking for people inside cars at 610 & 288 PC Brian Roberson Jr @KPRC2 #Harvey pic.twitter.com/NJx58ZN8N8

— Sara Donchey (@KPRC2Sara)

August 27, 2017

Here is the latest: At least five people are dead, with many more injured and up to 450,000 seeking federal aid, as a result of the hurricane which pummeled southeast Texas over the weekend. With massive damage and dangerous flooding, the people of Houston and surrounding areas need all hands on deck. Here’s how you can find help and how you can help others.

How to Get Help if You’re Affected by the Storm

If you’re in areas hit by the storm, call the US Coast Guard.

Widening #USCG communications for #Harvey rescue ops in #Houston: Call 281-464-(4851)(4852)(4853)(4854)(4855). Get on roofs. Mark locl w/SOS

— U.S. Coast Guard (@uscoastguard)

August 27, 2017


281–464–4851

281–464–4852

281–464–4853

281–464–4854

281–464–4855

You can also visit the City of Houston Emergency site for, among others:

How to Help Those Affected

The orgs below are providing crucial support to those affected. If you have money to give, check out these tips from ProPublica before donating. If you aren’t able to donate, use social media to tell others about these resources.

For more, Vox and The Huffington Post have also compiled resources.


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To everyone saying Texans should have left for #Harvey

 To those saying we should just leave and get out:
1. We were told not to leave. We are still being told not to leave.
2. We are flooded in.
3. We are fighting to keep our homes from flooding.
4. This isn’t over. We will take another hit and can’t get out for that one either.
5. It will be literal days before we can get out of this area, so we’re staying in with our families and stockpiled supplies. Those who didn’t stockpile are a big reason why folks are in the water getting stuck. This is one reason forcing grocery chains to close so people won’t get on the roads. Some people still have to drive in to work. Just because the weather is bad doesn’t mean the world stops for it.
6. All public transit has been ceased in this local area.
7. This is a very unpredictable storm. If we get out, there’s no telling if that path will change and catch evacuees out.
8. If we leave, we may not be able to get back in for work or school, some of which are currently set to start as early as Tuesday and Wednesday. (Wednesday is also the day we’re supposed to get hit again.) Many people have families here with elderly or sick members who can’t just leave without additional support as well.
9. We are aware the situation sucks. We are more aware of that than most. My home is possibly flooding back in Groves and here at Lamar, sandbags have been put down. All we can do is ride this out. If it was as easy as ‘hey this sucks and it’s about to get worse, lets skeddadle’, the majority of the folks here would be out in a heartbeat. Truth is, even if they got out, the places they’d go to are likely flooded as well. This storm is moving slowly and is affecting other parts of Texas and Louisiana too. 
10. This is also a right to work state. If folks don’t come in or if they up and leave, they’re liable to be fired if their employer decides to be a stick in the mud unless a mandatory evacuation is filed. Even if one was at this point, it would be ineffective and pointless. 
11. If you were to leave and you are someone who lives paycheck to paycheck, how are you gonna afford a hotel? Gas money? Stockpiling? You don’t know how long you’re going to be away. If you had the choice to stay here with all you’ve worked for and they ain’t even sure how bad it’s gonna be, most folks will pick staying, especially since this is a right to work state as explained above.

Consider this for a moment:
Think about all the people in SETX. Think about the people in Port Arthur, Beaumont, Houston, Orange, etc. If all those people got onto the roads today, many of them would probably not get out in time despite packing up and driving out. That’s not even considering those same roads are already flooded. Not only would it be a logistical nightmare, but that would make a bad situation worse, not better.

And if that doesn’t hit home, think about Rita. Millions of people evacuated and hundreds died in a move where destinations two hours away took 12 hours to reach. In the end, the storm didn’t even hit Houston. Do not point fingers. Do not lay blame. We are hurting. We need help, not fault finding.

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Welcome To Trump’s AmeriKKKa, Where No Good Deed Goes Unpunished


(by Aldolfo Flores)

Houston-area paramedic Jesus Contreras worked six days straight after Hurricane Harvey hammered through southeast Texas, rescuing people from floodwaters and taking some of them to local hospitals.

“It was emotional because you’re seeing people go through some of the hardest moments of your life,” Contreras told BuzzFeed News. “It shook up our entire community.”

In between rescuing people and helping people who needed dialysis, insulin, or reach life-saving medical machines, Contreras didn’t have a lot of time to think about himself. That changed when he came home on Thursday to shower and saw the news that President Trump may end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

The Obama-era program protects undocumented immigrants who, like Contreras, were brought to the US as children from deportation, while also granting them permits to legally work.

“Hearing that my future in the United States is being threatened and possibly taken away was disheartening, it was disappointing,” the 23-year-old said.

“It was like getting an extra kick to the face when you’re already down.”

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Harvey is worse than we thought

The neighborhoods around me have been flooded out and are evacuating. Power has been going on and off around here but so far no flooding. So many of those around me have lost homes because of this and it’s not over yet. They say the rain will continue for two more days and if it does this is only going to get worse which is hard to imagine. And I don’t even live close to where Harvey made landfall, I’m about 40 mins north of Houston and the destruction ranges even farther. Please if you have any followers in Southeast Texas, check up on them if you can and help in anyway you can. 

So, I’m from southeast Texas. My family lives there and I’m away at college. I can’t go home because of all the flooding and it hurts so much I can’t be there right now. My house is fine for now, but Tuesday they said it’s supposed to get worse for my area. More rain = more flood water. Where I am from we have a levee and pump houses, but our levee is still damaged from Hurricane Ike. However, for now (and hopefully for the rest of this hellish ride) my family and friends are okay.

I’ve seen what serious flooding can do to a neighborhood. Ike devastated so many people’s homes and lives, including my friends and families.

Now we have Harvey.

I’m asking, for those who can, to please send support in any way, form, or fashion. It would be greatly appreciated by Texans who were affected. There are so many charity funds open right now, if you can give, it would be more than welcome.

Harvey

Fifteen feet of water
is what Hurricane Harvey brought to East Texas.
My father, brother and I,
with a pool pump and buckets
bailing out the laundry room
at one in the morning
the day it made its second landfall over Port Arthur.

My job was to take the great bucket,
as gray as the water within it,
to the sink, pour the water down, slowly
so it wouldn’t splash the dishes,
then return. Fifty,
a hundred times I took that bucket,
two and a half-gallons each,
arms and arthritic hands straining.

The water kept rising, long after
it receded here, in Port Arthur
people trapped, drowning,
fleeing to bowling alleys and civic centers,
second floor apartments and
the flat-bottomed aluminum angels
of the Cajun Navy.

The rain picked up again at 4 AM
but I, tired and sore, went to bed
twelve hours later, the sun was up and shining,
yellow glinting off the water in the yard.,
and now Beaumont knows the meaning of:
water, water, everywhere, but not a drop
to drink.

Ok so let me tell y'all something about hurricane evacuations when you have sizable populations like Houston:

They’re traumatic. They’re dangerous.

For reference, I’ll give you 2: Hurricane Ivan (2004) and Hurricane Rita (2005).

IVAN:
All of New Orleans at the time of Ivan (one year before Katrina) was advised to evacuate because Ivan was a Cat 5 and predicted to hit the city dead on. At the time, NOLA was around 500K people and we were all under mandatory evacuation.

We went West because Ivan was predicted to hit us then swing East. Most people picked West.

Houston is normally anywhere from a 4-6.5 hour drive via I-10 depending on how fast or slow you go and traffic, weather, etc. are factors.

Well contraflow failed and it took us 12 hours to reach Baton Rouge which is an hour away at best. Then it took us another 13 to make it to Houston.

25 fucking hours on a freeway.

Ivan ended up swinging further East last minute and lost power and hit Alabama as a Cat 3.

To this very day (13 years later), when I sit in traffic by myself (hell, sometimes even with others in the car), I freak out because it reminds me too much of evacuation and I start getting really bad anxiety.

RITA:
Rita came three weeks after Katrina y'all. Three.

Rita was ALSO a Cat 5 and was predicted to strike Southeast Texas and Southwest/east Louisiana.

That included other areas that had already suffered from Katrina and Houston. Houston had about 2 million people at that time and was also hosting Katrina evacuees from Louisiana and now everyone was being told to evacuate.
People literally sat in their cars on the freeway for over a day not getting anywhere. Kam Franklin on Twitter made a note that it took her 23 hours to get to San Antonio which is 3.5 hours away from Houston.

Rita also decreased to a Cat 3 and swung a little further East than Houston and fucked up pretty much all of Texas and Louisiana along the border but the evacuation damage had already been done.

For both of these storms, people ran out of gas on the road and were trapped and stuck. Gas stations for miles around were out of fuel and people couldn’t get anywhere and this was during heat spells of 90º-100º weather. There were accidents. I don’t remember if anyone died during Ivan’s evacuation but it’s most likely given the conditions. I know for a fact people 100 people died while evacuating from Houston during Rita.

The mayor saved lives by telling them not to evacuate. If he had called for a mandatory evacuation while Harvey was still a tropical depression, there would’ve been thousands and thousands of dead bodies in vehicles along the freeway on Friday and Saturday with how fast that water came in.

Then evacuation is expensive. A lot cannot afford to do so. Evacuations are also hard on those that are not able-bodied or in good physical health. The poor, the elderly, and the disabled are the most at risk at all times during these disasters.

So don’t fucking talk shit about what you don’t fucking know about. Don’t say people deserve it for not evacuating when not evacuating is most likely what saved their lives.

Do not sit on your high and mighty thrones saying that’s what they get for living where they live when there is no area in this country completely safe from a natural disaster.

Sit the fuck down. And if you don’t want to help and just want to run your fucking mouth off, shut the entire fuck up and go be useless elsewhere.

Lonely

I wish I could find likeminded guy friends that are unusual, nerdy, awkward yet good natured like myself. Living in Southeast Texas is alienating for a guy like me because everyone is “Country” or a “Bro” and we’re just oil and water.And they’re mostly ignorant, obnoxious assholes too be honest. I often wonder if there’s another reclusive nerd out there like me who has similar interests and mainly has a passion for retro console and pc gaming…And he’s looking for a friend like me. Though I am a hermit.. I crave the companionship of similar peers. The need has intensified lately. I get so bored and lonesome wishing I had a 2nd player to game with me, or play a board game, fix a pot of coffee and shoot the breeze. I have no friends and i’ve come to realize that it’s hard for a guy like me too do so. The very few friends I did have in the past turned out to not be my friends at all. They secretly looked down on me, and talked about me behind my back. I’m not a saint, but I make a good and loyal friend. I didnt deserve all that. I wish I could have atleast one honest, genuine friend.

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Jupiter Offering for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

For any witches who practice cosmic witchcraft and can’t volunteer in person/financially due to safety, health, personal, or proximity reasons, consider making an offering to Jupiter this evening.

Ask Jupiter for fair weather in southeast Texas, good fortune/health to those affected by the hurricane, and some luck. The prediction models are showing so many different possibilities for the future of this storm; some luck may help turn the outcome into one that will relieve the region of this bad weather.

In exchange, burn Jovian herbs, candles, incense, charge crystals, whatever you wish. The people of southeast Texas need whatever help we can give them now. Let’s do everything in our power to help them out ❤️✨