Delaware nonprofits helping Hurricane Harvey victims

DOVER — Local nonprofits are mobilizing to help the millions of people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

The storm, potentially one of the most destructive to ever hit the United States, has dropped more than 50 inches of rain and resulted in at least 21 deaths.

The Delaware National Guard sent a C-130 aircraft to Texas Tuesday to assist in evacuation efforts, and 10 members of the guard are currently deployed. Others were sent to Washington, D.C., to help the National Guard Bureau Joint Operations Center.

The guard is working alongside the Delaware Emergency Management Agency and National Guard Bureau to monitor the storm and provide more aid if necessary. The 166th Airlift Wing will send up to four aircraft and crews in the Gulf Region, and the 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is on standby.

“We continue to monitor the situation and lean forward so we are ready to support at a moment’s notice,” Maj. Gen. Carol Timmons, the Delaware National Guard’s adjutant general, said in a statement. “The National Guard is unique because we have the dual mission of conducting the overseas warfight and supporting the homeland. Our troops have extensive experience in both missions.”

The Salvation Army has sent members to Texas, with others to follow in two weeks, and the American Red Cross of the Greater Chesapeake Region has dispatched 13 volunteers to provide assistance and will likely deploy more.

“We’re thankful for the tremendous dedication of our local volunteers who are always willing take time from their personal life to help those in need,” Greater Chesapeake Region CEO Scott Salemme said in a statement.

The nonprofits are helping offer food, shelter and supplies to people in need.

Delaware-based organizations are also urging individuals to help out in any way they can.

The Salvation Army and the Red Cross are among the groups asking people to donate money. Individuals can contribute to the Salvation Army in several ways: by going to helpsalvationarmy.org, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, texting STORM to 51555 or sending a check to the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, Ga., 30301 (designate “Hurricane Harvey” on all checks). Donations to the Red Cross can be made online at redcross.org or over the phone at 1-800-RED CROSS. A $10 contribution can be made by texting HARVEY to 90999.

The Blood Bank of Delmarva is seeking donors to help collect more than 2,000 units of blood due to a shortage along the Gulf Coast. The Blood Bank is specifically looking for individuals with blood types O Positive, O Negative, A Negative and B Negative blood types, as well as platelet donors.

To make an appointment, call 1-888-8-BLOOD-8 or visit https://donate.bbd.org/.

 

Reach staff writer Matt Bittle at mbittle@newszap.com

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