Houston, Texas is experiencing it’s first major flood since Hurricane Allison which devastated the city in 2001. Allison lasted for an odd 15 days as a tropical/subtropical storm pouring over 35 inches of rain into the city, caused $9 billion dollars in damages and took 41 lives, 27 of which were caused by drowning.
16 years later Hurricane Harvey is predicted to top the amount of damage caused by Allison pouring over an expected 50 inches of rain into the city. The H.P.D (Houston Police Department) has already performed over 2000 rescue’s since Thursday. This does not included rescues carried out by local residents and other news crews such as CNN.
With the storm expected to branch back out into the Gulf and return with Houston on the storms predicted trajectory many residents are now being cautioned to evacuate while other areas such as Brazoria County are under Mandatory evacuations.
Two of Houston’s major flood-control reservoirs are scheduled to begin releasing ahead of time in an attempt to prevent the reservoirs from swelling to the point of breaking. Although the intent of the release is to prevent a major disaster from occurring should the reservoirs break the releases are still expected to cause additional flooding.
Houston Evacuation List
*Please take caution while you evacuate. Leaving the area of concern will only further put you at risk. Please plan ahead of time and proceed cautiously thinking 5 steps ahead for all your decisions.
How to Escape a submerged car
- Do not call 911. They cannot rescue you on time
- Unbuckle yourself first and then any passengers that need assistance
- Don’t open the door. Roll down the windows
- Once the water fills the floor of the car GET THE FUCK OUT!! If you have children get them out FIRST!
- If you find that the car is submerged and you were not able to roll your windows down. BREAK IT. In a perfect world everyone should have something like a LifeHammer in their vehicle.
- Residents west of State Highway 288 and South of State Highway 6.
Voluntary Advised evacuation
- Residents along the San Bernard River in Brazoria County
FORT BEND COUNTY
- Residents of Sienna Plantation (Special prayers for friends here). Be sure to take L.J. Parkway to University Drive then to Highway 59 south.
- Residents in the Brazos River area.
- Residents on Huntington Road.
Voluntary Advised Evacuation
- Residents on Bolivar Peninsula. This includes Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach, High Island and Gilchrist. Residents who cannot go without power for an extended period of time are encouraged to leave.
- Galveston Island residents west of The Seawall
- Residents of Kemah
Voluntary Advised Evacuation
- Jersey Village residents along the Bayou and low areas. If you find that you need help call 713-466-5824. Jersey village area is close to one of the two main reservoirs which are of major concern.
- Inverness Forest subdivision which includes
- Kingsbridge Road
- East and West Greenbrook Drive
- Kenchester Driver
- Cypress Creek
- City of Seabrook
- Taylor Lake Village
- Nassau Bay
- El Lago
- La Porte
JACKSON COUNTY – Voluntary Advised Evacuation
Voluntary Advised Evacuation
- Highland Bayou and homes outside of the hurricane protection levee.
- Camp Circle
- Blue Bonnet
MATAGORDA COUNTY – MANDATORY EVACUATION
*Disclaimer – This is not to be taken as a comprehensive evacuation list. Please follow local news, CNN, and other news outlets for latest news on Hurricane Harvey.
American Red Cross
- Houston – 713-526-8300
- Beaumont – 409-832-1644
Evacuation Routes – 800-452-9292
City of Houston/Harris County:
- Elderly & Disabled: 211
- Help Line: 311
- Emergency Management: 713-884-4500
- Flood Control: 713-684-4000
- TranStar – 713-881-3000
Many people such as myself would love to donate and volunteer to help however we can. Please take precaution and do your research before you donate to any potential donees/charitable organizations. Charity Navigator is good for researching existing charities. Forbes.com has it’s own list of the largest charities in the US. In my honest opinion I am not too fond of larger charities who only use about 20% of actual donations to the cause but I take comfort in knowing where my funds are going versus other organizations that may not help at all. Here are some more specific organizations you may donate too.
- American Red Cross. To make a financial donation, visit the their website, call 1.800.RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation for those in need.
- Catholic Charities of USA. To make a financial donation, visit CCUSA’s disaster-specific website or text 71777 to make a donation.
- Global Giving. To make a financial donation, visit their website or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible donations. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. To make a financial donation, visit the GHCF website.
- Salvation Army. To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
Keep in mind not all donations need to be monetary. You may donate items such as:
- Diapers/Formula/Baby Products
- Portable chargers/Phone cables (iPhone and Android)
- Hygiene products
- School supplies
- Rescue boats (Yes, Harris county has asked that people with water vehicles assist in anyway they can safely to assist getting other residents to safety)
- Time – Volunteer efforts will be pertinent to restoring Houston back to the city we all love!
My Prayers go out to all within the state of Texas affected by this National Disaster.