How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

"This event is unprecedented and all impacts are…beyond anything experienced."

While Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm since it made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane Friday night in Texas, it is responsible for at least five deaths (opens in new tab), dozens of injuries, and catastrophic flooding throughout the state. At least 316,000 customers are without electricity (opens in new tab), and the National Weather Service expects up to 50 inches of rain in some areas.

"This event is unprecedented," the National Weather Service said (opens in new tab) on Sunday. "All impacts are unknown and beyond anything experienced."

Here's what you can do to help.

The American Red Cross (opens in new tab) and Salvation Army (opens in new tab) currently are taking donations to help with hurricane relief efforts, while GoFundMe (opens in new tab) has a page dedicated to campaigns for people affected by the storm. According to the Texas Diaper Bank (opens in new tab), diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies (opens in new tab) so they are taking donations to put together disaster relief kits with diapers for families with small children. The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (opens in new tab) is also seeking donations to help those hit the hardest in the Texas coastal region.

The South Texas Blood & Tissue (opens in new tab) center is currently looking for blood donors.

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Open Your Home to Storm Victims

If you check in between now and September 1, Airbnb (opens in new tab) is waiving all service fees for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can also list open rooms in your house on Airbnb to welcome people whose homes were damaged by the hurricane or subsequent flooding.

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As of Saturday, Austin Pets Alive! (opens in new tab) has transported over 235 animals to their shelter from shelters affected by Hurricane Harvey and expect an influx of animals as flooding gets worse. They are currently looking for financial donations to help take care of the new animals and are also looking for people willing to adopt pets to help alleviate crowding in the shelter. You can also donate to the SPCA of Texas (opens in new tab).

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Lyndsey Matthews
Lyndsey Matthews

Lyndsey Matthews is the Destination News Editor for AFAR; previously she was a Lifestyle Editor across all of Hearst Digital Media's brands, and a digital editor at Martha Stewart Weddings and Travel + Leisure.