August 28

How to Help People with Disabilities in Hurricane Harvey


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Hurricane Harvey has wrecked devastation throughout the Texas area. It has been downgraded from “hurricane” to a “tropical storm” but has stalled over Houston, bringing over 23 inches of rain.

There are people with disabilities stranded in their homes, unable to reach the roofs. Portlight, an organization that works with people with disabilities in disaster situations, is doing first-rate response work, but they need more people and money.

Donate directly on their site through PayPal, because if you go through other sites (like Facebook), it takes a lot longer for the money to actually reach the organization. Donate directly.


portlight inclusive disaster strategies
The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has a hotline at 800-626-4959 to help get people with disabilities and elderly people to safety, provide for immediate needs for durable medical equipment and other assistive technology and problem-solve other disability accessibility issues. Call - or click the image to be taken to a message from Portlight and the Partnership

More Places to Donate & Help Out

Here is a relief map where you can find shelter and where you can lend your assistance.

Here is a list of food banks that will need donations to fund them.

Here is where you can find a place to stay through Air B n’ B or offer your own place up for people to stay (now through Sept. 1).

The American Red Cross: text “Harvey” to 90999 to make a $10 donation, donate online or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.

The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: You can make an online donation here.

Save the Children: Text “hurricane” to 20222 to make a $25 donation, or give online here.


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Meriah Nichols is a career counselor, teacher and blogger. Single mom to 3 (one with Down syndrome, one gifted 2E), she is also a cat-loving Trekkie who likes her coffee hot and black.
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