If you have been wondering where I was, the last week has been interesting, to say the least as we stood up to Hurricane Ike.
Needless to say, the Houston area, where I currently live, is facing an enormous cleanup job as we struggle to get back to “normal.”
Over a million people here are still without electricity and water. Ice is a huge commodity now. Many more are without a suitable place to live.
It will be months before things are back on track.
So many of you have been so kind during this time, concerned about my family, and you have asked me, how can I help? Here is how.
Many people without habitable homes are being sheltered by the Red Cross. And it is not just here in Houston. You can take a look at this interactive map to see that there are shelters all over the place, some still for Gustav. Here are the list of shelters in the Houston area.
On Friday, the National Association of Broadcasters is encouraging radio stations to simultaneously air public service advertising in support of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in what they are calling a Roadblock. The fallout from Ike is sure to cost a bundle and the relief effort for Gustav is already estimated at $50-$70 million. suspect Ike will have similar costs.
There are lots of ways to give, but I really like the text2HELP program. You can give easily right from your cell phone, and millions of microgifts of $5 will add up to much more than we could give alone. This is how I gave, text the word GIVE to the number 24357.
Here is a video that explains what your money will go to support.
If you have a Twitter account you can change your avatar for the day tomorrow and ask people to donate to the cause too.