Hurricane Support and Aid. This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

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Hurricane Support and Aid

First it was Hurricane Harvey in Texas …one that people are trying to recover from, now the State of Florida is anticipating the devastation from the largest hurricane to ever come out of the Atlantic, Hurricane Irma, even as others in Puerto Rico, the Bahamas and others are in shock over the utter destruction Irma has left them in.  Meanwhile Texas is still trying to get rescue personnel into the remaining unsearched areas still looking for missing people, pets, anything and anyone that has been left out of the basic recovery operation.  Meanwhile, out in the Atlantic, Hurricane Jose, now a Category 4, is churning towards the Caribbean islands, including what’s left of Barbuda.

And hurricane season has just begun.

I haven’t even talked about what’s happening in the Pacific Northwest with its 100 year heat wave and wildfires.

FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, that  “everyone” relies on for federal aid to rebuild (including Trump and his Mar a Lago) is expected be out of funds by Friday.  According to the Bloomberg Report and other financial reporting institutions, FEMA had only $541 million out of $1.01 Billion available for assisting those affected by Hurricane Harvey (per a FEMA spokesperson albeit anonymously).  According to the report “This equates to spending roughly $9.3 million an hour, or $155,000 every minute.”

Trump had asked Congress for 8 billion in aid for Houston alone, after asking Congress to cut FEMA’s budget to build his wall.  Now there’s Irma.  We haven’t begun to add up the totals from the fires in the the Pacific Northwest or the damage from the high heat to the crops there.  All federal disasters themselves.

Anyway I’m getting away from my point…again.

Disaster aid is something we can help with on a smaller scale.  I believe we all know someone in the affected area.  I have relatives in Florida, friends in Texas, relatives there too.  Connections are global these days.  On our local news are aid trucks leaving daily for Houston with water, clothes, canned goods from various collection points.  Already the same is starting for Florida in anticipation.  We  know it’s going to be bad.

What are other ways you can help?

From the New York Times:

  • GlobalGiving’s Irma Relief Fund is accepting donations here. It vets the local organizations it helps fund and is well-regarded by charity watchdogs. (GlobalGiving prioritizes local organizations over the long term, but often steers money toward larger entities like Save the Children or the International Medical Corps during the early days of disaster response.)
  • Donors can also visit the crowdsourcing website GoFundMe to give money to the Direct Impact Fund, a nonprofit that distributes money to smaller campaigns within the United States and its territories.
  • GoFundMe also hosts individual crowdfunding campaigns for people and organizations. Those include several based outside the United States in case you would prefer to give directly to, say, The American University of Antigua, which is steering money toward Barbuda, or the Caribbean Eagles, a bikers’ group whose clubhouse was damaged in St. Martin.
  • (GoFundMe says fraud is rare. It says it works to verify that all funds go to intended recipients, but it cannot always verify the specific claims made by individual campaigners.)

♥︎Check out your local news and media.  They have the most uptodate information on donations and relief effort in your area.  They can tell you  where the  collection sites are, when the trucks are leaving and who is in charge of the convoys.  They have also done the legwork in vetting these groups.

For Pets/Animals:

Already we have pets and animals rescued from the Harvey Hurricane arriving in our local animal shelters for fostering and adoption.  To get them here takes money, time and effort, which takes money.  These animals have been fed, cleaned, housed, given shots.  And the organizations doing this work need our support too.

http://www.wwltv.com/weather/harvey/harvey-relief-where-to-donate-locally/468464551

What to watch out for

  • To make sure you are giving to a legitimate and effective charity, check whether it has been rated or accredited by an organization like Charity NavigatorCharity Watch or the Better Business Bureau. These might not cover smaller, community-based charitable organizations. But you can read useful tips about choosing a charity from the Federal Trade Commission.
  • Among its recommendations: Do your research; don’t wire money or send cash; find out a charity’s address and phone number; call them if necessary; and be wary of charities that appear to be new.
  • Ms. Lake of GlobalGiving said that after major storms blow over and many emergency medical workers leave the scene, it is often up to local organizations to help rebuild communities. “These are organizations that are often overlooked and underfunded,’’ she said, “and they really do know their communities and are there for the long run.”

Here’s Charity Navigator’s Approved list for Houston Aid (and work for Florida too) as of Tuesday: 

• All Hands Volunteers
• American Kidney Fund
• American Red Cross
• Americares

• Best Friends Animal Society
• Brother’s Brother Foundation

• Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
• Child Foundation
• Children’s Hunger Fund
• Convoy of Hope

• Delivering Good
• Direct Relief
• DonorsChoose.org

• Episcopal Relief & Development
• Feeding America
• First Book
• GlobalGiving

• Habitat for Horses
• Heart to Heart International
• Houston Food Bank

• International Orthodox Christian Charities
• International Relief Teams
• Islamic Relief USA
• Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago

• MAP International
• Matthew 25: Ministries
• Medical Teams International
• MedShare

• Operation Blessing International
• Operation USA

• Samaritan’s Purse
• Save the Children
• SBP
• ShelterBox USA
• Small Steps Nurturing Center
• Star of Hope Mission

• The ALS Association, National Office
• The Zakat Foundation of America

• UJA-Federation of New York
• United Way of Greater Houston
• World Vision
• YMCA of Greater Houston

 

More coming.  If you know of any, please forward it here and we will update the list for Florida too.  People in all the affected areas, you are in our thoughts….

 

Note:  Winners of International Literacy Day will be announced next week, along with their comments.  

This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

Sunday, September 10:

  • Hurricane Support and Aid
  • This Week at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words
  • Release Blitz for KA Merikan’s Manic Pixie Dream Boy

Monday, September 11:

  • Review Tour for Xavier Axelson’s Lavender
  • Dreamspinner Promo Andrew Grey
  • TOUR: Whitecott Manor by Emma Jane
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Family Man by Heidi Cullinan and Marie Sexton
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: His Mossy Boy (Being(s) in Love#8) by R. Cooper
  • A MelanieM Review: Lavender by Xavier Axelson

Tuesday, September 12:

  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: The Quarterback by Mackenzie Blair
  • Release Blitz for Heloise West’s  His Dark Reflection (Haven & Heart #3)
  • Release Blitz and Giveaway for Saved by AM Arthur
  • Dreamspinner Promo Alicia Nordwell on Earning His Trust
  • A MelanieM Pre-Release Review: Enter the Dragon (The Bestiary) by Jamie Sullivan
  • A Julia Review: Heat Wave, Seasons of Love book 3, by Elyse Springer
  • An Alisa Review: His Secret Admirer by Edward Kendrick

Wednesday, September 13:

  • Dreamspinner Promo Sean Michael
  • Review Tour – Annabelle Jacobs’  Maybe This Time
  • Review Tour – Con Riley’s Be My Best Man
  • A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: Maybe This Time by Annabelle Jacobs
  • A Stella Review: Be My Best Man by Con Riley
  • An Alisa Release Day Review: Cataclysmic Shift (The Aloysius Tales #3) by Tara Lain
  • A Jeri Review: Living Out Loud by Nyrae Dawn & Christina Lee

Thursday, September 14:

  • Book Blitz for Knight of Sherwood by N.B. Dixon
  • Dreamspinner Promo Shira Anthony on Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate)
  • RIPTIDE TOUR and Giveaway: In His Majesty’s Service by Elizabeth Silver and Jenny Urban
  • A Caryn Review: Midlife Crisis by Audra North
  • A MelanieM Review: Cinnamon Eyes by Nell Iris
  • An Alisa Review : Beast of a Time (Hellhound Bound #1) by Misha Paige

Friday, September 15:

  • Blog Tour Temptation Series Book V by Ella Frank
  • DSP Publications Promo Lina Langley
  • Review Tour – Eli Easton – How To Save A Life (Howl #4)
  • A Lila Review: Life Is Not A Musical (Woodstock Love #1) by Vicktor Alexander
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Finder’s Keeper (Heart’s Gate) by Shira Anthony
  • A MelanieM Release Day Review: Finding Mr. Wright (Leaning N #2) by BA Tortuga
  • A Stella Review: How To Save A Life (Howl #4) by Eli Easton

Saturday, September 16:

  • Release Blitz – EXPOSURE by Aly Hayden
  • A MelanieM Review: Burning Tracks (Spotlight #2) by Lilah Suzanne
  • A MelanieM Audiobook Review: Drama Cruise (A Nicky & Noah Mystery  #3) by Joe Cosentino and Brad Enright (Narrator)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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