The following is an excerpt from an article posted on lockportjournal.com in Aug 2017: 

“Groups of volunteers from Western New Yorker are headed south with American Red Cross as emergency shelters continue to fill and flood waters rise.

A local spokesman with Red Cross said it is housing nearly 17,000 Houston-area residents in its shelters already. Another foot of rain from Hurricane Harvey is expected in the hardest-hit parts of Texas.

Reports from the U.S. National Weather Service on Tuesday indicated nearly 52 inches of rain fell in Cedar Bayou, Texas, breaking the previous U.S. continental record for rainfall, which had stood at 48 inches dropped on Medina, Texas, by cyclone Amelia in 1978.

In addition, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has deployed 16 more state Air National Guard personnel from the 106th Rescue Wing and a second search-and-rescue plane to assist in disaster response efforts. The support was expected to land at Fort Hood in Texas later Tuesday, according to Cuomo’s office.

The bureau advises a series of steps to vet appeals for support:

Verify whether the charity has an on-the-ground presence in impacted areas.

Identify whether the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups, some of which can act as middlemen. At a minimum, check which organizations will be the ultimate recipients of the support and be sure they are equipped to provide aid.

Be wary of clothing, food or other in-kind donation drives. While well-intentioned, even well-resourced organizations often lack the infrastructure and distribution system to transport heavy goods.

Above all, the bureau stressed that addressing the disaster in Texas is a long-term effort. Those looking to donate immediately should remember that organizations will be supporting victims throughout the rescue, emergency relief and recovery phases of the storm.

“Those truly concerned about helping communities bounce back will have many opportunities to help,” the bureau’s statement said.

Including American Red Cross, BBB listed a series of charities assisting Houston victims: AmeriCares, Church World Service, Direct Relief, GlobalGiving Foundation, Humane Society of the United States,Islamic Relief USA, MAP International, Operation USA, Salvation Army, Save the Children, United Methodist Committee on Relief and the United Way of Greater Houston.”

 

 

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