Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association Mobilizing Efforts for Hurricane Relief

August 31, 2017 Command Alkon

Join TACA Members in Supporting Hurricane Victims

The Texas Aggregate and Concrete Association is providing the following recommendations to members looking for ways to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in their local area. We would like to share this information with our Heavy Building Materials community on behalf of TACA, for those individuals and organizations looking for direction on ways to help those affected by this devastating event.

TACA Members:

Here is what you can do today:

Several funds have been established to aid our relief and recovery effort. There are also existing organizations mobilizing their networks to provide critical support to those displaced by Harvey and the floods. Here is an overview of just some of the organizations that need your financial support.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: This fund was established by Mayor Turner and administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation; it will provide relief to those directly impacted by Harvey. Support them here- https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/.

The Red Cross: The Red Cross is actively providing shelter and relief support to the thousands in our shelters. Support them here- https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey?campname=Harvey&campmedium=aspot.

The United Way Relief Fund: The United Way provides crucial support to people impacted by the storm who are trying to navigate how to best receive assistance. Support them here- https://www.unitedway.org/.

Houston Pets Alive: HPA is a local group already on the ground fostering animals displaced by Harvey. You can support them here- http://www.houstonpetsalive.org/harvey/.

The Wildlife Center of Texas: This center- http://www.wildlifecenteroftexas.org/ is our region’s leading wildlife rehabilitation center and will no doubt be inundated with displaced and injured wildlife. You can support them here- http://www.wildlifecenteroftexas.org/donate/donate-electronically/.

These are just some of the few organizations that you can support today to help all of us through this relief and recovery process. For a list of other local charities working on relief efforts, see here- https://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=5239.

The Volunteer Houston website has activated an online Virtual Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) for those interested in providing assistance to the Greater Houston Region flood relief efforts, sign up here- http://volunteerhouston.org/.

The Red Cross is also recruiting volunteers to aid in the relief efforts once conditions allow, sign up here- http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer.

BakerRipley- https://www.bakerripley.org/ just opened a new shelter at NRG Park’s NRG Center and those who are interested in volunteering can contact volunteer@bakerripley.org.

So many people are eager to help, that the response can be overwhelming at times. Be sure to check in with these organizations online or via phone to find out the best option for you to volunteer. Also, consider smaller organizations that might need help or work with your neighbors to begin debris clean-up where it is safe to do so.

And remember, if you cannot help now, you can always help later.

The following supplies will be needed in the coming days:
• New clothing (t-shirts, socks, sweatpants, underwear, etc.)
• Bedding (sheets, blankets, pillows etc.)
• Non-perishable food
• Personal hygiene items (feminine products, soap, shampoo etc.)
• Baby supplies (diapers, unopened formula, bottles etc.)
• Pet supplies (food, carriers/crates, leashes, bowls etc.)
• Towels

Please note that many of the material needs for shelters are quite dynamic, please check for updates on individual organization’s social media accounts, Harris Ready’s websitehttp://www.readyharris.org/, and the City of Houston’s Office of Emergency Management websitehttp://www.houstonemergency.org/ to see what items are in most demand. We do not want our shelters overwhelmed with items they cannot sort or use.

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