Help those affected by Hurricane Harvey

August 30, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

Over the past few days, Hurricane Harvey has caused devastation in Houston and beyond and is poised to become the costliest natural disaster in the U.S. in recent memory, if not ever.

And it’s not over yet, with rain still falling across southeast Texas and communities in neighboring Louisiana. The organization has had many inquiries about what faculty and staff can do to assist those in need.

With the water still rising, search and rescue efforts remain the top priority. The Michigan Red Cross is coordinating assistance with the national organization and teams on the ground in and around Houston and has already sent both vehicles and volunteers to assist in the rescue effort.

The two most immediate needs following any natural disaster on this scale are monetary and blood donations. Money is needed to support the victims seeking shelter, food and basic services in the immediate aftermath of the storm – an estimated 30,000 people, federal officials say. The minimum Red Cross donation is $10.

Natural disasters put stresses on regional blood banks as well, as donation centers in the affected areas are forced to close and/or cancel planned blood drives even as the immediate need increases. The Red Cross blood drive calendar lists several events in and around Ann Arbor in the coming days, including Thursday, Aug. 30 drives at three U-M locations: the Shared Services Center, Wolverine Tower, and Domino’s Farms.

The Texas Hospital Association has also established the THA Hospital Employee Assistance Fund to help hospital employees who experienced significant property loss or damage because of the storm. All the funds will be used to directly assist hospital employees in FEMA-designated disaster areas. The American Hospital Association contributed an initial $50,000 to get the fund started. For more information or to make a donation, click here.  

Thanks for your usual generous spirit and willingness to send the Michigan Difference to family, friends and strangers caught up in this incredible storm.