Hurricane Harvey

If you want to help:

Financial Donations:

United Way’s Harvey Recovery Fund: www.unitedway.org/Harvey

This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.

Volunteer/Resources:

Health & Welfare Council of Long Island’s Hurricane Harvey- How to Help Resource

To connect to national organizations seeking volunteers: National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD), www.nvoad.org

Food/Supplies:

The Smithtown Fire Department is accepting supplies to send down on a semi-tractor trailer next week. Donations can be delivered to their Main House at 100 Elm Avenue, Smithtown from 12-3pm and 6-9pm until September 6. Current needs include, cleaning supplies and tubs/buckets, new or gently used car seats, strollers, pack and plays, new children and adult undergarments and hygiene products.

Island Harvest Supply Collection Sites are accepting human and pet supplies, open between 9am-5pm weekdays:

– Island Harvest Food Bank, 15 Gumman Road West, Suite 1450 Bethpage
– Hauppauge Distribution Center, 40 Marcus Blvd., Hauppauge
– Uniondale Distribution Center, 875 Jerusalem Ave.m Uniondale (at the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility)
– Christopher Morley Park Administration Building (10am-6pm), 500 Searingtown Rd., Roslyn
– Eisenhower Park Golf/Driving Range (10am-8pm), 1899 Park Blvd., East Meadow
– Cedar Creek Park Administration Building (10am-6pm), 3340 Merrick Rd., Seaford
– Grant Park Administration Building (10am-6pm), 1625 Broadway, Hewlett

On Tuesday, September 5, The Village of Hempstead is partnering with the The Salvation Army for HEMPSTEAD GIVES DAY.  Drop off non-perishable goods or new/gently used clothing a the following locations between the hours of 8:30am to 4:15pm:

– Village Hall, 99 Nichols Court, Hempstead
– Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwhich Street, Hempstead
– Brierley Park, 65 Dartmouth Street,  Hempstead

If you need help:

Hurricane Harvey map – View information related to the storm including public alerts, evacuation resources and shelters, traffic and transit and precipitation.

2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services—24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about evacuation routes, shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs throughout the storm.

September 1

Today marks the first day of National Preparedness Month, a reminder of the importance of being ready for any type of emergency. Updates have been made to how you can help the victims of Hurricane Harvey in both the short and long-term recovery efforts.

August 31

The storm was downgraded to a tropical depression on Wednesday night. It is expected to move through northeastern Louisiana and northwestern Mississippi through Thursday.

United Way has created the Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. 100 percent of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in those areas. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation pledged $1 million as the inaugural donation to this fund.

August 30

The storm made its second landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana early morning on Wednesday. Below, you can find ways to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Friday marks the first day of National Preparedness Month, further highlighting the importance of having a family plan and being ready before a disaster strikes. Learn more about how you can be prepared and stay safe with our Preparedness Resources.

August 29

Tropical Storm Harvey strengthened into a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico last week and made landfall northeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, around 9:45 p.m. on Friday. It was a Category 4 hurricane with winds of 130 miles per hour. It then moved offshore before making landfall again on the shore of Copano Bay, this time as a Category 3 hurricane. The affected area includes some of Texas’ most populous cities, stretching along the state’s Gulf Coast from Corpus Christi to Houston, and inland to Austin and San Antonio. Forecasters say that by the time the storm ends, some areas may see more than 50 inches of rain.

The largest of its kind to make landfall in the United States since 2005, Hurricane Harvey is leaving a wake of destruction in its path—but there is hope. Please join us in keeping these communities in your thoughts as the situation evolves. The road ahead for these communities is long and the network of United Ways all over the world is here to help.

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