Hurricane Harvey's floodwaters have begun receding in many parts of Houston—but in many ways, the disaster is only beginning to unfold. Explosions have been reported at a chemical plant, levies are on the brink of overflowing, and the work of recovery and rebuilding is just starting.1 And communities across Texas and Louisiana are facing catastrophic flooding.
Dear MoveOn member,
Hurricane Harvey is shaping up to be "one of the worst flooding disasters in U.S. history."2
Huge swaths of the fourth-biggest city in the U.S. and surrounding counties are already underwater. Untold numbers of people are currently trapped in their homes. Hundreds of thousands are without electricity. Authorities can't even get around to fully assess the damage—much less to help everyone who needs aid.3
And more—much more—rain is still coming. More than two additional feet of water are expected by the end of the week. The National Weather Service tweeted that the event will be "unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced."4
This is an epic disaster for the people of Houston and other Gulf Coast communities. They desperately need help—both right now and after the waters recede and the news cameras leave.
Will you chip in to help the people of Houston? MoveOn will cover the credit card fees, so that 100% of your tax-deductible donation will go directly to local organizations helping people in dire need.
Local, community-based organizations do some of the most crucial relief work—providing meals, helping people find health care, distributing supplies, helping residents dig out, and supporting the recovery efforts after media attention has shifted. They're deeply woven into their communities and can help keep them from falling apart under this much stress.
We've identified a relief effort that deserves our collective support—the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund, which is spearheaded by the respected group Texas Organizing Project.
Will you chip in now? Your tax-deductible contribution will go a long way, and MoveOn will cover 100% of the credit card fees, so that more of your money reaches folks in need.
In the aftermath of historic natural (and, at times, human-fueled) disasters—from Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy to earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal—MoveOn members have come together as a community to help fund emergency relief.
Each time, we've donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to people in desperate need, while also continuing to fight the root causes that make these crises worse.5
Thanks for all you do.
–Anna, Manny, Elsie, Scott, and the rest of the team
1. "Dangers from Harvey loom for Texas as Houston floodwaters recede -- live updates," CBS, August 30, 2017
2. Tweet by Greg Postel, August 27, 2017
3. "Deluged Texas Braces for More Rain, and Years of Recovery," The New York Times, August 28, 2017
4. Tweet by the National Weather Service, August 27, 2017
5. "How climate change makes hurricanes worse," Vox, August 28, 2017
Want to do even more? MoveOn is covering the credit card fees for all donations to the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund from this emergency appeal. Will you chip in a little bit to MoveOn, to help defray those expenses?