Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources

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To help those schools impacted by Hurricane Harvey's devastating storm, AASA is serving as a national network, in collaboration with the Texas Association of School Administrators. It is a role AASA began with Hurricane Katrina (2005), Hurricane Sandy (2012) and a tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area in 2013.

There are 272 districts in nine regional education service center areas, serving nearly 2 million Texas students, that are included in the designated disaster areas.

Below is a way you can donate to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as a clearinghouse of tools and resources regarding hurricane relief.

How to Donate

Collected funds will be distributed to districts most in need of repairs and supplies, and to aid families impacted by the storm. Those wishing to contribute can send a tax-deductible donation to AASA. One hundred percent of your tax-deductible donation goes directly to the districts in need. Checks should be payable to AASA and mailed to:

AASA c/o Hurricane Relief
1615 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

 Other Ways to Help

General

 The New York Times provides a list of places to donate to Harvey victims. One organization is the Texas Diaper Bank, which is asking for diapers and wipes.

The Texas Tribune is maintaining a comprehensive list of resources for victims of Hurricane Harvey. There's also information for those who want to help those in need.

State-Level Donations in Texas

 Community In Schools of Houston has established a disaster relief fund to directly help students and families. All donations go directly to the students and families in need at their 128 schools in five independent school districts including Aldine, Alief, Fort Bend, Houston, and Spring Branch, two charter schools, and four community colleges. Find it here.

 DonorsChoose.org, started by a history teacher to make it easy for people to help classrooms in need, now has a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Find it here.

 Principals Helping Principals” created a google spreadsheet that  has been circulating via social media that allows campuses around the country to pair up with storm-affected campuses to provide needed aid. Access the spreadsheet.

 Texas American Federation of Teachers is collecting cash donations to provide direct relief to its affected members, who may also apply for assistance via this link.

 Texas PTA will be working closely with school districts to provide the important supplies for students and teachers to restock their classrooms. To allow them to be responsive to the specific needs of each community, the organization is coordinating efforts for monetary donations.

 The Texas Rural Education Association is collecting cash donations to benefit children affected by Hurricane Harvey via YouCaring. TREA has a fundraising goal of $50,000. Learn more.

 District-Level Donations

 Crandall ISD is collecting donations of water, diapers, and formula as part of Operation Crandall CommUNITY Cares. Learn more.

 Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to collect donations at its campuses and aquatic center that the district will send to those in need.

 Houston Independent School District is accepting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms and school supplies, as well as canned food and water. The HISD Foundation is also accepting donations to help families recover, and 100 percent of funds raised will go directly to helping HISD students and families.

Donations can be shipped to:

HISD Harvey Donations
Delmar Fieldhouse
2020 Mangum Road
Houston, TX 77092

 Spring Independent School District has set up a hurricane relief fund.

 Resources

Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Resources

 Disaster Distress Helpline offers chance to talk to a professional about emotional distress by calling this helpline at 1-800-985-5990 or texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746.

 myON, a digital reading platform offering unlimited access to thousands of books and daily news articles written just for kids, in English and Spanish, is providing free access to digital books to families, shelter workers, community volunteers and others who are helping children through this challenging period.

Texas Education Agency has a  Hurricane Harvey Resources Webpage with links to information schools and districts may need related to Hurricane Harvey, including budget FAQs related to displaced students and budget adoption information for 2017-18. Visit the resource page

External Resources 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers resources to work effectively to support the local, state and federal response to public health needs in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Learn more.

FEMA, has a resource called "Hurricane Harvey Rumor Control."

Food & Wine Magazine has compiled a list of:  Food and Beverage Businesses Are Providing Hurricane Harvey Relief.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has granted schools reopening in hurricane-stricken areas of Texas food assistance and disaster relief. Learn more.

The U.S Department of Health & Human Services provides a variety of resources to help communities respond and recover and stay up to date with HHS support. Access the resources.

Articles 

Huffington Post examines how "How Houston Can Become Stronger After Hurricane Harvey" (September 19, 2017).

 Newsweek, “Hurricane Harvey Hits Texas Schools with Flooded Classrooms and Major Delays” (August 29, 2017). Dan Domenech, AASA Executive Director and Richard Carranza, Superintendent of Houston Independent School District talk about how schools will be impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

Updated September 2017