I was going to suggest Charity Navigator as well. And I also gave to Samaritan’s Purse.
There are plenty of faux police charitable groups, so they should be checked out as well.
The reality about this storm is that it was expected to be a Cat 1 until 24 or 36 hours before it made landfall. Those in Houston were told to stay put so that the masses weren’t on the highway when the storm hit, causing much greater loss of life. Hindsight is always 20-20, and you can now say that those who didn’t leave were foolish, but at least in Houston they were doing as told.
As I mentioned, my son is in Houston, his girlfriend just started a PhD program and they moved there a month ago. Great intro to the city!
They are on the second level of their apartment building, never lost power or water, although they almost did. Yes they are rather stuck there at the moment, but his girlfriend’s program is supposed to start up again on Monday. If they had left, they wouldn’t be able to get back. They did as they were told, and they are fine. A grocery is open near them, at least. Their biggest problem at the moment is lack of internet. Since my son works remotely, he can’t work, but he’s found a location with internet and will get back to work tomorrow.
They stocked enough food and water for at least a week and filled the bathtub and everything else they had with water when they thought they were going to use it, but I’m sure that they are relieved that the grocery reopened (no produce and had just run out of water again right before they got there yesterday .)
The apartment complex was great, kept them apprised as to problems (when they were considering cutting water and power, for instance) and offered any vacant apartments to those on the first floor so that they could get their stuff higher in case it did flood.
So, before you paint the people of Houston with a broad brush, know that many of the people who stayed did exactly what they were told, and the mayor was making his best guess as to what to do.
I, for one, am impressed at how much better Houston is handling this, compared to New Orleans after Katrina. Granted, NO isn’t much of a city compared to Houston, but there is a big difference in mindset about taking care of yourself and helping others, rather than waiting for some government entity to take care of you.
Statistics: Posted by anita — Wed Aug 30, 2017 3:49 pm