Hurricane Harvey

To say that the people in the path of Hurricane Harvey have been and are in my thoughts is simultaneously an understatement and woefully insufficient. I spent much of the weekend watching coverage of the slow-moving storm and its devastation so far. At least five people have died. My condolences to their families, friends, and colleagues.

Many more people have been displaced and are facing a very uncertain future. I am so sorry.

I desperately hope as few people and pets and livestock as possible are killed or injured; that people and pets and livestock who survive have homes to which to return.

I'm not going to use this thread to share images of the storm or the damage it's done. There are plenty of pictures on the internet and on cable news, should anyone want to see them. Let's please keep this an image-free space, for people who don't want to be obliged to navigate any more troubling or triggering pictures.

For the latest news, here are three good pieces which are being updated as new information becomes available:

[Content Note: Video may autoplay at link] Jon Erdman and Chris Dolce at the Weather Channel: Rainfall from Harvey Could Reach 50 Inches in Spots, Highest Ever Recorded in Texas; Catastrophic Flooding to Continue for Days.

Jason Samenow, Angela Fritz, and Greg Porter at the Washington Post: Catastrophic Flooding 'Beyond Anything Experienced' in Houston and 'Expected to Worsen'.

Jamiles Lartey, Matthew Weaver, and Graham Russell at the Guardian: Tropical Storm Harvey: 30,000 People Will Need Shelter After Flooding in Texas.

Following are some good resources for those of us who want to help:

The #HarveyRelief Map: Both for people in need of assistance and for people who can contribute to compiling available resources. Affiliated Twitter account: @HarveyRelief.

William Axford at the Houston Chronicle: Hurricane Harvey: How to Help Victims of the Texas Storm.

Gwendolyn Knapp at the Houston Press: Texas Food Banks Are Mobilizing: Here's Their Info and How You Can Help or Receive Aid.

Lee Moran, Hilary Hanson, Nick Robins-Early at the Huffington Post: Here's How to Help the Victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Austin Pets Alive!: Hurricane Harvey Help.

If you would like to donate by text, you can text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to the Red Cross, and/or text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.

If you want to volunteer, you can check to see if there's a group in your area that's sending volunteers to the affected area.

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to use comments for info-sharing, updates, checking in, and sharing additional resources on how we can support those affected by the hurricane and flooding. Let's just keep the thread image-free. Thanks.

Shakesville is run as a safe space. First-time commenters: Please read Shakesville's Commenting Policy and Feminism 101 Section before commenting. We also do lots of in-thread moderation, so we ask that everyone read the entirety of any thread before commenting, to ensure compliance with any in-thread moderation. Thank you.

blog comments powered by Disqus