Hurricane Harvey Challenge
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
We have many AOA members and friends who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and reports state it will continue to worsen before it gets better. After learning from Hurricane Katrina, we can’t sit back and think that everyone else will do something. Therefore, one of the AOA Leadership Council members put down a $100 donation challenge to the AOA community, and many members have stepped up to make a donation.
We, as an association, encourage you to do the same. If you can’t pledge $100, do something. We put the links to the Red Cross down below, but you can do so through any relief organization of your preference. We don’t need to know the amount that you donated, but we would love to recognize everyone who has made a donation to Hurricane Harvey efforts. Please complete this quick form after making your donation.
Thank you for your help in helping others.
Red Cross Response
While the American Red Cross is doing all that it can, access into many areas is still quite difficult. The current priority is to keep people safe, while providing relief such as shelter and food. As conditions are safe to travel, the American Red Cross will be expanding its reach into many more affected communities. Preliminary estimates indicate that at least 6,000 people sought refuge in dozens of shelters in Texas Sunday night. Additional shelters are also open in Louisiana as bands from the storm continue to move east.
Meanwhile, more than 80 tractor-trailer loads of cots, blankets, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, kitchen supplies and cleaning supplies are now on the ground in Texas. We have shelter supplies for more than 34,000 people with additional supplies for 18,000 people on the way. Nearly half of our emergency response fleet – 200 Emergency Response Vehicles – have been activated for the operation.
Massive disasters like Hurricane Harvey create more needs than any one organization can meet on their own. The Red Cross is working very closely with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others – to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people as quickly as possible.
The financial burden of doing everything we are doing is taking its toll and it's really just begun.
The Red Cross depends on financial donations to be able to provide disaster relief immediately. Help people affected by Hurricane Harvey by visiting redcross.org, calling 1- 800-RED CROSS or texting the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donations enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster.
- The Red Cross honors donor intent. Donors can designate their donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts by choosing that option when donating on redcross.org or on 1-800-RED CROSS.
- The best way to ensure your donation will go to a specific disaster is to write the specific disaster name in the memo line of a check. We also recommend completing and mailing the donation form on redcross.org with your check