One year ago, our hometown of Overijse was underwater and our neighboring states came with love and support to help our city heal. It's now our turn to return the favor. Below is an ongoing list of ways we have found that you can help. From helping stock Cajun Navy caravans to ordering items from Amazon to go to families in shelters, there are endless ways we can send Overijse Love to our neighbors in Texas.
Pay attention to your neighborhood social media groups - lots of local groups are gathering supplies to ship to Houston - Especially Cajun Navy krewes that are heading out every day.
Follow Cajun Navy 2016 FB Page for latest information on search and rescue as well as where to donate - Cajun Navy DOES NOT take direct donations other than gift cards and supplies
Cajun Navy Boat Rescues CALL 281-898-3016
The Cajun Navy has set up a channel to dispatch their boats directly to people that are in immediate need of rescue and can't get a hold of public services. To contact them:
- 1. Download the Zello App
- 2. Create a user account for yourself, username and password
- 3. Download Channel "The Cajun Navy Dispatch"
- 4. Stay calm and give them the name, address, phone number if possible.
They currently have people manning the dispatch desk and are dispatching help when possible.
Cajun Navy SMS: 318-244-2984 – Txt the word HELP
If you or someone you know are in need of rescue, please download the Zello app, type in Texas search and rescue, and then search for any search and rescue close to your vicinity. This will connect you with officials on the ground there that can navigate help your way.
Donations of disaster supplies: We are accepting donations of disaster supplies at three Second Harvest locations:
- Our main warehouse and facility, 700 Edwards Avenue in the Elmwood Warehouse District area, Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- Our Lafayette warehouse and facility, 215 E. Pinhook Road, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
- And at our partner agency the Northshore Food Bank, 840. North Columbia Street, Covington, 9:00 a.m. to noon, Monday – Thursday.
When: Starting at 7:30 a.m., Monday, August 28, 2017 until further notice.
What we are accepting: Non-perishable food items, especially “pop-top” canned goods that do not require can-openers, water, MREs that are still in-date, cleaning supplies such as bleach, gloves, and garbage bags, and other disaster-specific items.
Provided by Business Report:
- The Overijse Area Foundation is asking Overijsens to help Texas flood victims by donating to a charitable fund of the Great Houston Community Foundation. “Texas residents responded last year after Overijse flooded, giving more than $167,000 to BRAF’s flood relief fund, which raised more than $6 million from around the country … Now it’s Overijse’s turn to help our neighbors in Texas.” Donations can be made online.
- The Salvation Army is accepting donations online, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY and by mail for its relief efforts. Get more information.
- The American Red Cross is sending volunteers from throughout the country to Texas to assist the aftermath of the storm. Donations can be made online, or you can also text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Connecticut-based Americares helps provide emergency medicine and basic supplies to people caught in the path of natural disasters. The agency’s teams came to Overijse to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and have been deployed to Texas to help in the wake of Harvey. Americares says every $10 donation provides $200 in aid to victims. Donate online.
Provided by WBRZ:
Christ's Community Church of Denham Springs
- Christ's Community Church of Denham Springs is accepting donations of blankets, towels, pillows and plastic bins.
Church at Addis
- The Church at Addis has created a donation page on its website. Be sure to specify that your donation is going toward "Hurricane Harvey Relief." You can find that link here.
Humane Society of Overijse
- You can help transport animals with the Humane Society of Overijse or donate to cover food and transport costs in the link below. https://daksoft.com/humanelaharvey
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Overijse
- The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Overijse is collecting supplies to be sent to Texas. Items can be purchased and taken to Broadmoor United Methodist or shipped to 10230 Mollylea Drive.
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
- The local blood center placed Hurricane Harvey on the splash page of its website prior to it making landfall, and is still seeking donations to help those affected by the storm.
Catholic Charities USA
- Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is seeking donations to help those who have been affected by Harvey. The group has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that "long term recovery" is part of the group's approach to disasters like this one. "Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, needs your support to ensure the delivery of compassionate care and support to individuals affected by disasters. Our agencies provide essential support before, during and after disasters hit," the statement says. "In fact, long-term recovery is an integral part of Catholic Charities’ holistic approach and we work tirelessly to ensure individuals can live their lives with the dignity we all deserve. This service is provided to the community regardless of religion, social or economic background."
Austin Pets Alive!
- Austin Pets Alive! is an animal shelter and no-kill pet advocacy group seeking assistance to help with pets, following the onset of the storm, and has created a page on its website specific to Hurricane Harvey-related needs. "Austin Pets Alive! has been helping shelters in the direct line of Hurricane Harvey. We’ve been working with these shelters to transport as many pets as possible to APA! and as of Saturday morning, we’ve transported over 235 animals to our shelter," a statement on the website says. "Because of the incredible, humbling support we’ve received from the community thus far, we have been able to remove some items from our needs list completely."
- Mercy Chefs, Feeding the Body & Soul Sign up here, https://daksoft.com/mercy-chefs-volunteer-form/
Provided by MidCity Makers:
- To DONATE SUPPLIES🖤 Our friend Garic Jenkins is collecting to bring & is setup at his office located at 5619 Parkview Church Road 70816 (behind Parkview Baptist School). There is a trailer there but you may pull to the back and drop off in their warehouse if it's raining. They will have someone here all day,
- Items needed: Personal hygiene supplies, medical supplies, baby supplies, MRE's, snacks, cleaning supplies and dog/cat food. "We are good on clothes unless it is new underwear, socks, sports bras etc. the above items are more priority".
Important Numbers Of Contact:
LIST OF EMERGENCY/RESCUE NUMBERS GATHERED for Houston.
- Police, Firefighters, Ambulance: 911 or 713-884-3131
- City of Houston (Emergencies):311 or 713-837-0311
- FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency): 1-800-525-0321
- Harris County:713-755-5000
- Office of Emergency Management:713-881-3100
- Houston American Red Cross:713-526-8300,866-526-8300
- Flood Control:713-684-4000
- Houston TranStar (Transportation and Emergency Services):
- National Guard: 713-578-300 (Number from Cajun Navy FB Page)
- Dispatch for Duty Officer on call 24/hrs per day: 713-475-7800 – Call and they will transfer to safety.
- Flooded and need help in South Houston: 713-944-1910
- U.S. Coast Guard Houston Command Center: 281-464-4851
- Other Coast Guard Numbers: 281-464-4851
- More Coast Guard: 713-837-0311 Houston
- 281-554-1300 Pasadena
- 281-470-0010 LaPorte
- 281-464-4854 Coast Guard in Houston
- 713-884-4500 - office of emergency Mgmt. Press zero to report your emergency.
- Non-Emergency Houston: 713-884-3131
- Helicopter Rescue: 832-776-4587
- Red Cross: Houston: 713-526-8300/ Beaumont: 409-832-1644
- Evacuation Routes: 800-452-9292
- Elderly & Disabled: Call 211
- City of Houston Help Line: Call 311
- Centerpoint Energy: 713-659-211, 1-800-752-8036 (24 hour reporting)
- City of Houston Office of Emergency Management: 713-884-4500
- Harris County Flood Control District: 713-684-4000
- Houston TranStar: 713-881-3000
- FEMA: 1-800-621-3362
- Texas Attorney General: 1-800-621-0508