Houston-area residents are once again picking up the pieces after Hurricane Beryl whipped through the state July 8. Over 2 million customers in East Texas were without power as of 3:20 p.m. July 9, and officials said complete power restoration could take days.

Those interested in helping people affected by the storm can volunteer or donate money to organizations helping with recovery efforts.

Getting involved

“For our families ... that have the ability to give or donate, figure out where your donation’s going to work best,” said Nim Kidd, chief of the Texas Department of Emergency Management. “The Red Cross and the Salvation Army are here, [and] there are a lot of church organizations out there that over the next several days will be feeding and serving those out there. So cash is always the right size and the right color.”

The American Red Cross has opened several disaster shelters throughout the region. To specifically help people impacted by the storm, Texans can write “Hurricane Beryl” in the memo line of a check and mail it with a completed donation form to a local Red Cross chapter or the address on the form.


You can also donate by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or texting REDCROSS to 90999.

Over 400 disaster workers are stationed across the Texas Gulf Coast region, according to a news release. Volunteers make up 90% of the Red Cross workforce—you can sign up to volunteer here.

The Houston Food Bank is requesting emergency donations to help provide food, water, hygiene items and cleaning supplies to people across southeast Texas. A $1 donation equals three meals for people in need, according to the nonprofit.

Texans interested in volunteering to help pack disaster relief boxes can sign up here. Other resources and information about disaster distribution sites are available on the food bank’s website.
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The Salvation Army is sending staff and volunteers to areas impacted by the hurricane to focus on “feeding and emotional and spiritual care,” officials said. Mobile kitchens are open across southeast Texas. Texans can visit the organization’s Texas Division website to volunteer or donate.

The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is offering $20 toward digital gift cards to people who donate blood June 9-12. You can schedule a blood donation appointment online.

Memorial Assistance Ministries, a network of faith organizations, is accepting donations for its disaster relief fund, which assists families with gas, clothing, rent and other needs.

More details


To donate directly to Texans affected by Hurricane Beryl, you can visit GoFundMe’s verified fundraiser hub. The website includes fundraisers set up for the families of people who died during the storm, residents who lost their homes and more.

GoFundMe also launched a general hurricane relief fund this year, which provides money to people seeking help through GoFundMe fundraisers and nonprofits helping with recovery efforts.

You can also donate to Texas Firewalkers, a Bastrop County nonprofit that cooks and serves hot meals on-site after a disaster.

One more thing


Shelters and cooling centers are open across the Greater Houston area for residents impacted by the storm. Texans can also call 211 for help with food, housing, mental health services, legal aid and more. The Texas Department of Insurance has resources to help with disaster claims.