After a major winter storm slammed into the Lone Star State earlier this week, millions of Texans are recovering from the damage done. Some are still without power, while others have experienced issues with their water supply, pipes bursting, and other problems.
The fallout from this storm will continue to impact Texans for the foreseeable future. Here are a few ways you can help with disaster relief:
- Donate to a mutual aid fund. Mutual aid funds provide several relief options, such as housing, food, water, and support systems. In Texas, options include Mutual Aid Houston, Feed the People Dallas, Austin Mutual Aid, and Casa Marianella, among many others.
- Donate to a Texas food bank. Many families in Texas saw property damage when frozen pipes burst during the storm. This could affect their food supply and their access to a kitchen. Food banks in Texas are accepting monetary donations as well as food donations. Visit Feeding Texas to find a comprehensive list of food banks based on your ZIP code.
- Support Texas animal shelters. Many of these shelters are struggling to keep their animals warm and may also be dealing with property damage from the storm. SPCA of Texas operates in several locations across the Lone Star State and is accepting donations.
- Crowdsource Rescue is accepting donations and volunteers to help those in need across the state.
- The Austin Disaster Relief Network is raising funds and recruiting volunteers to support Texans affected by the storm.
- National organizations are operating in Texas, including the American Red Cross in North Texas, Central and South Texas, and the Gulf Coast area.
- AirBnB’s “Open Homes” program allows residents to open up their homes to those in need.
- Donate to the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies, the only disability-led organization in the U.S. with a focus on inclusion.
- The Way Home in Houston is comprised of more than 100 partners aiming to end homelessness.
As always, it’s imperative you fully research any organization or charity that you would like to donate to or receive aid from. FEMA issued a warning that scammers are using fake phone numbers to scam Texans affected by the storms and those hoping to donate to disaster relief funds.