Dispatch 27: Hurricane Harvey Support

Harvey's aftermath is now beginning to come into sharp relief.

As a community, I am sure many of us share the hope that together, we can support individuals impacted by the storm. Currently, we have reached out to all affected faculty and students in the region to determine how we might be able to support their recovery efforts. For those who have not been contacted or need additional help, please reach out to us via whatever form of communication is best. Our direct number is 510-593-2900. 

Additionally, as we continue to mobilize resources locally, regionally, and nationally, I would like to call your attention to FEMA's most recent online publication outlining ways to help. See below. 

I am giving to The Red Cross and several local Houston organizations to get the ball rolling. Know that every bit helps. 


From FEMA...


When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please follow our guidelines to learn the most effective and safest ways to donate cash, goods, or time following a disaster.

To help people affected by the storm, visit @nvoad’s page for a listed of trusted organizations: https://txvoad.communityos.org/cms/node/104

  • Cash is best. Financial contributions to recognized disaster relief organizations are the fastest, most flexible, and most effective method of donating. Organizations on the ground know what items and quantities are needed, often buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
  • Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items BEFORE collecting; pack and label carefully; confirm delivery locations; arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods NOT needed burden local organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
  • Connect to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

Thank you for your interest in helping the survivors of Hurricane Harvey, there are other ways to help. When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA to support survivors and first responders in communities all across the country. We are currently seeking talented and hard-working people to help support the response and recovery.