N.J. Residents Head to Hurricane Harvey Ground Zero

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Hurricane Harvey is shaping up to be one of the worst natural disasters in our country’s history.

With millions of people affected by its violent path, evacuations started well before the storm hit on Saturday, August 26th. But, despite the proactive approach of many, there have been thousands of rescues after several feet of water has accumulated in Houston, Texas. 

“We’ve had flooding in our area before and were unaffected," said Erik Silva, a Houston flood victim. "But this time, [flood waters reached] two to three feet. It was crazy.” 

Hundreds of American Red Cross volunteers are in that area helping the thousands of people who were displaced by the massive storm, which spanned over several days. Dozens of shelter facilities have opened up to house the numerous victims who had to be evacuated from their homes. 

Locally, the American Red Cross New Jersey Region sent volunteers to help. 

“Many volunteers from Texas came here to help after Superstorm Sandy," said Diane Concannon, the communications director for the American Red Cross New Jersey Region. "And these volunteers feel it’s a way of giving back.” 

In addition to three emergency response vehicles, the local chapter is ready to send more people on a daily basis if needed.

“They’ll be driving through the affected neighborhoods when residents are able to return," said Concannon. "They’ll be providing meals and water as well as disaster-relief supplies and clean-up kits.”

Several organizations have made it possible for anyone to help no matter how close or far away they may be from those affected by this devastating natural disaster. 

To make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross simply text HARVEY to 90999 or you can visit salvationarmyusa.org to help with their relief efforts. 

Donations can also be made to the United Way Flood Relief Fund by texting UWFLOOD to 41444.

With days left until the rain eases up, those who have lost nearly everything to Harvey are going to need all the help they can get in the coming weeks. 

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