If you are interested in becoming a translator, please go here rather than going directly to the shelter. Those individuals fluent in medical translation and Asian languages are being sought the most.
5,000 to 6,000 welcome kits are currently being sought by the Austin Disaster Relief Network. These kits will be distributed to those who are currently occupying shelters in Austin.
Here is a list of the items that should be included in the welcome kits:
*New towel and washcloth
*Feminine hygiene products
*Inspirational note of encouragement
Additionally, there are other important items that can be included in the welcome kits. These are as follows:
*New blanket and pillow
*Baby formula, food, diapers, and bottles
Here is how you can create a welcome kit for shelter occupants:
*Obtain either a reusable bag or a plastic container that has a secure lid
*Fill either one with all of the aforementioned items
*Drop off your completed welcome kit at one of the following locations
Hope Family Thrift Store
1122 E. 51st Street
Austin, TX 78723
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
1905 South Capitol of TX Highway
Austin, TX 78746
Hours of Operation: Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM
The Connection Church
1235 South Loop 4
Buda, TX 78610
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM, Sunday 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM
Celebration Distribution Center
601 Westinghouse Road
Georgetown, TX 78626
Hours of Operation: Monday through Sunday 9:00 AM until 8:00 PM
In addition, Austin Animal Center is currently in need of supplies both for pets belonging to people currently in shelters and for lost pets. The supplies that are needed are as follows:
*500 large crates
*Used towels and sheets (to line the crates)
These supplies can be donated to the following location:
Austin Animal Center
7201 Levander Loop
Austin, TX 78702
Hours of Operation: seven days per week, 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM
How Else Can I Help?
*Donate to Various Relief Organizations: These types of organizations are working around the clock to not only provide food and shelter to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, but also with the overall rescue and evacuation effort as well. The donations these organizations receive greatly help them with providing as much assistance as possible to affected areas. Regardless of where you live, there are many options available to you in terms of relief organizations.
*Austin Disaster Relief Network: You can donate either items or money to help affected victims who will be coming to Austin, such as new socks, undergarments, toiletries, blankets, pillows, and so much more. Furthermore, this relief network is also currently looking for and accepting volunteers.
*Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Established by Sylvester Turner, the mayor of Houston, this fund is designed to go towards rebuilding the city following this disaster. You can make a donation to the fund via credit card by visiting ghcf.org or send a check or money order to this address:
Greater Houston Community Foundation
5120 Woodway Drive
Houston, TX 77056
*Austin Ed Fund: The Austin Independent School District is currently enrolling children who have been evacuated to Austin and have been impacted by the recent hurricane. You can make a donation to this fund and assist children and families who have been displaced by this disaster by visiting austinedfund.org/harvey.
*United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund: This is another fund that is designed to provide relief and recovery needs in response to the recent hurricane. To make a donation, visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation.
*American Red Cross: This is an organization that always helps victims on a national level, and they are currently doing so right now in Texas. For more information, visit redcross.org, text HARVEY to 90999, or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
*Salvation Army: This organization is helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey and are also traveling from across the country to provide relief to those assisting in the relief and recovery effort. To make a donation, text STORM to 51555 or visit helpsalvationarmy.org.
*Catholic Church USA: This organization is currently accepting donations to help fund various recovery efforts in those areas hit by Harvey. To make a donation, text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
*Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund: This is a fund that is designed to assist teachers affected by the storm with restocking their classrooms with the supplies that they need.
*GoFundMe: Multiple campaigns have been established via this popular online platform, with 100% of the profits going towards helping those affected by the storm.
*Blood Donations: Encouragements are being sent out by We Are Blood for anyone and everyone to give blood if they are interested in donating. Visit weareblood.org or call 502-206-1266 to make an appointment.
*Offer Rooms: There will be people in need of shelter due to their homes having been destroyed by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. While public shelters are offered by the city, consider offering a room in your home to someone who has been affected.
*Volunteer: If you’re interested in volunteering in areas that have been affected by the storm, Volunteer Houston requests that you register to do so via their special online agency disaster portal. You are being asked by the state to not go to the affected areas on your own, as this will simply create an additional issue for first responders.
*Make a Donation to the Austin Diaper Bank: Currently, over 5,000 diapers have been given to victims of the storm by this bank; however, you can donate back by visiting their warehouse or a designated drop-off location. Diapers of all sizes are currently needed.
*Make a Donation to the YWCA Greater Austin: This location is currently offering crisis counseling and support groups for Hurricane Harvey survivors at no charge. A donation of $10 enables someone in crisis to take part in a group therapy session, while a $25 donation enables displaced couples and families attend crisis counseling sessions.
*Make a Donation to Corpus Christi’s Driscoll Children’s Hospital: This can be done by visiting driscollchildrens.org/giving.
*Donate to Various Food Banks: When you make a donation of money to a food bank in an affected area, it’s a wonderful way to help contribute to relief efforts. You can also donate both food and cleaning supplies as well.
*Make a Donation When You Shop and Dine: Many local shopping and dining establishments are now offering ways to customers to make donations when they visit them.
Other Local Businesses That Are Taking Action
*Donate to Austin Pets Alive!, Texas SPCA, or Austin Animal Center: These locations offer donations in the form of both money and items for pets that have been affected by the devastation caused by the storm.
*Coastal Cleanup/Recovery Organizations: Time, money, and materials are what will be needed the most in order for Texas’s coast to fully recover.
How Can I Stay Up to Date on the Storm?
To receive the most updated information, visit AustinTexas.gov/help. You can also call 311 for information regarding shelters. To receive the latest updates in terms of emergency advisories and notices, visit WarnCentralTexas.org. At the present time, residents are being advised to remain off the roads unless it is absolutely necessary for you to be on them. Always observe all road signs and closures, and never attempt to either walk or drive through any flood waters.
Where Are the Shelters Located?
*To find shelters nationally, visit redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter
*To find shelters locally, visit redcrosscstr.wordpress.com
*To check the status of someone in a shelter, visit safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php
*To connect with other Austin residents who are offering rooms in their homes to those affected by the storm, visit Facebook.com/groups/733272750192242
*To contact FEMA and obtain assistance related to Hurricane Harvey, call 800-621-3362 or visit DisasterAssistance.gov
At Real Men Moving, we understand the hassle of having to start over at a new place, especially unexpectedly. Keep those who have been uprooted by Harvey in your thoughts.