Ten month old Astro Arriaga sleeps in a Red Cross Shelter in Victoria, Texas.
Photo by Daniel Cima for The American Red Cross – August 26, 2017
When making a donation, be sure that you have chosen a reputable nonprofit. The NJ Division of Consumer Affairs warns us to avoid "charities" that have Hurricane Harvey in their names, as they might be scams.
You can donate blood locally and it will help supplies nationwide, which will help Harvey victims. There are other good suggestions for ways to help in this article.
Finally, another way to not feel so helpless in the wake of so much suffering is to get involved locally. Start by making sure you and your family are prepared for a man-made or natural disaster. The Red Cross has a new free app (available at the iTunes App Store and Google Play) that provides incredible information and functions.
Perhaps you want to be trained as a Red Cross or CERT team volunteer, so that you can be ready if and when you are needed.
Jocelyn and Muraad reminded me that each year, most of the time the Red Cross is responding to house fires. Fire prevention, fire safety and smoke detectors are things we can take care of immediately. By taking care of ourselves and our neighbors, we insure that the resources needed in Texas can get there.
Stay safe. Stay involved. #bergengivesback #bcvolunteers