By Jasmine Bentley
Hurricane Harvey has been one of the worst storms in American history. When it hit on August 25th, it immediately caused destruction. Originally, it hit at a category four hurricane with winds near 130 mph. In Texas and Louisiana, Harvey dropped between 40-52 inches of rainfall, dropping more than 16 inches on Houston in one day. Harvey triggered flash flooding in many Southern states including Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee. There had been 19 tornadoes reported along the Gulf Coast on August 25th and 26th. On September 4, 2017, the death toll steadily rose to 60 people, according to ABC News. The missing persons toll is still not set on a specific number, but the final cost of Harvey is estimated to be $180 billion.
“As a community, [Erie] managed to fill three very full pickup trucks with donations,” said Mrs. Proeger, leader of Erie’s NHS. Along with that, Geneseo sent another pickup truck. Although it was not directly affiliated with Red Cross, we are still trying to get our donations in the hands of organizations and survivors as quick as we can. The semi load was driven down to Texas on Sunday, September 10, and we are still awaiting for the driver’s return.
Not only did Erie collect donations, but we also did a blood drive. All together, students and civilians, we raised 31 pints of blood, which will save around 127 lives. There is a very high chance that some of the blood will be sent to either Texas or Florida. The Red Cross will also be receiving a $700 check from the donations of Erie students, teachers, and the community.
There are many ways that people can continue helping. One way is a financial contribution to recognized disaster relief organizations. This is the fastest and most flexible way to donate. Another way to help is to volunteer. Organizations like Red Cross know where volunteers are needed and can ensure that you are provided with what you need to help. The ‘South Texas Blood and Tissue Center’ is searching for more than 2,000 units of blood for survivors. Donating blood is a great way to help. Sending clothes, food, or children's toys is a great place to start if you are thinking about donating.