Many of you living with epilepsy in the Texas and Louisiana areas have been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey. You may not be surprised to learn the team here at Living Well With Epilepsy has also felt the impact. Two of our writers are both based in Houston, TX:
I am happy to report both Abby and Rachel and their respective families are doing okay so far. But I ask you to please keep them in your thoughts.
Rachel sent along the following photos to give a sense of the flooding in Houston.
Make a difference
If you are able to
Make a Financial Donation
- Support the American Red Cross. My husband is currently in Texas supporting the relief effort. Any support you can give to the the Red Cross is welcome.
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, and is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for financial donations.
- The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
- The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.
The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is experiencing a shortage. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
Help for Animals
The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
Help for Families
The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
For More Options
For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
Let us know
If you are in Texas or Louisiana and living with epilepsy let us know.