How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
We hope ACA members and their families in Florida and Texas are safe in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. ACA leadership asks anyone who know of an ACA member who has been seriously affected by the storms and subsequent flooding to send that information to ACA Vice President Dr. Karen Konarski-Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org. If any special needs or opportunities arise, ACA will post that information on this page.
Dr. Konarski-Hart, a trained disaster relief responder, offers this additional information for those who wish to help in some way:
Please do not go to the affected areas unless you are a member of an organized team. Those areas are already overwhelmed and supplies of food, water and gas are in short supply. You do not need to become a burden on the system. Sadly, during these tragedies, criminal elements also arise and unless you are part of a known relief team with proper ID AND a completed background check, you may be denied access to affected areas or you may become a victim yourself.
- The Texas Chiropractic Association, Texas Chiropractic College and Parker University have teamed up to create a fund for Texan chiropractors who have been affected by the storm. Monetary and chiropractic equipment donations are being requested. Learn more.
- Texas emergency response has requested that no "items" be sent until needs are assessed and infrastructure for receiving is secured. Also remember that your local charities still need your contributions.
ACA has been in contact with the Florida Chiropractic Association. Debbie Brown, FCA executive director, tells us that their offices are closed for now because of the power outages in the state. Once they are operational again, FCA will assess local needs and provide those who wish to help Florida DCs with more information. Please check back to this page for updates.
The PBS Newshour website offers a comprehensive list of charities that are providing support in Florida.
Support Red Cross Relief Efforts
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters. The Red Cross has launched major relief efforts in Florida and Texas in the wake of the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
There are several ways to make a donation to Red Cross:
- Visit www.redcross.org/donate (under “Use my donation to support…” select Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma)
- Call 1-800-REDCROSS
- Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
- Text the word IRMA to 90999 to make a $10 donation to Hurricane Irma relief efforts.
Resources and Information from Red Cross
Hurricane Harvey: Red Cross Mounts Massive Relief Effort As Thousands Seek Refuge from Catastrophic Floods Across Texas and Louisiana. Read more.
- DOWNLOAD EMERGENCY APP: Download the free Red Cross Emergency App to receive emergency alerts and information about what to do in case of flooding and other disasters, as well as locations of shelters. The App also includes emergency first aid information and a Family Safe feature which allows people to instantly see if loved ones are okay. The free Emergency App is available in app stores by searching for the American Red Cross or going to redcross.org/apps.
Additional Articles on Flooding
How to Recover from a Flood