This post is about Hurricane Harvey. It’s not fitness-related or political. It’s just what happened.
Hurricane Harvey descended pretty quickly on the Houston area. I think it was last Wednesday when we first got notice of its impending landfall. Thursday, I bought protein bars, beef jerky, and bottled water. Friday, it started raining. It kept raining well into Tuesday, with only a few brief respites.
I can’t be grateful enough. The worst damage we had was a persistent drip in one of our air conditioning vents and a damp rug in the front room. We didn’t lose power or have to evacuate. Throughout the storm, my family was warm, safe, and dry in our house. Others were not so lucky. On the news, and on social media, I viewed heartbreaking footage of people losing everything, needing to evacuate their homes, and crowding into shelters. Streets less than a mile away flooded and were impassable for days.
Yet during Hurricane Harvey and after, I also saw the best of humanity. Ordinary citizens worked alongside first responders to bring people to safety. Houston came together like nothing I’ve ever seen before. People put their own boats and equipment into service. Neighbors risked their lives for each other. Donation points were overwhelmed with clothing and supplies. People brought out their grills and cooked for people they’d never met. Seeing that made me proud to live in Houston.
All told, published reports estimate that Hurricane Harvey dumped 40-50 inches on the Houston area. Tens of thousands of people lost their homes. We don’t have final damage figures. But in Houston, we have this amazing spirit that brings us together, even in the worst of times, to help each other.
How You Can Help Hurricane Harvey Survivors
I will never call Hurricane Harvey survivors “victims.” The resilience of Texans cannot be underestimated. But we need some help down here, y’all. Here are some ways you can help.
- Texas football player JJ Watt is raising money through his foundation for Harvey survivors. He’s already raised $12 million as of when I wrote this post. And he will be giving it to the community, mark my words.
- Houston mayor Sylvester Turner has set up a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- The Houston Food Bank is also accepting donations. They’ll be providing much-needed nutrition to those affected by Harvey in Southeast Texas.
- The Food Bank of Corpus Christi also needs your help. Corpus was hit hard by Harvey. When that hurricane made landfall, Corpus was its first target.
- Many people lost everything, including baby supplies. Donate to the Houston Diaper Bank. They provide diapers, formula, wipes, and adult supplies as well. They’re also collecting gently used clothing, toys, and baby items. If you live out of state, use the donations link on their site.
- If y’all want to help some furry friends, donate to the Houston Humane Society. They’re working to locate lost pets and reunite them with their humans.
- Finally, if you want to wear some Texas pride or support, one of my favorite brands, Compete Every Day, is selling some awesome Texas Strong shirts to raise money. All proceeds are going toward Hurricane Harvey survivors.
Every little bit helps.