This past weekend, Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on the southern United States, hitting Texas the hardest. Houston, Dallas and surrounding areas became flooded as the storm hit, leaving much of the population to evacuate or find shelter within the city.
In true millennial fashion, many took to the Internet in search of relief or ways to help those in need. Hurricane Harvey is the biggest to hit the US since Hurricane Katrina in 2008, but after the rise of social, many have found it easier to spread the word about relief efforts online. Many Texas residents were tweeting that about being stuck in their homes, with their supplies of food and fresh water depleting.
My family is still waiting for a water rescue in the attic, they can’t get to roof! 6606 Reamer St
Houston, TX 77074
— ♡erryn meryl (@AlyxandriaErryn) August 27, 2017
“Hundreds of stranded Texas residents sought help on Sunday by posting on Facebook and Twitter. They tweeted their addresses to emergency officials. They organized rescue missions through Facebook groups. And they posted harrowing pictures to emphasize just how high the flood waters were.
Requests for rescues were common: “Anyone in North Houston have a boat and can rescue a 3 &6 yo, mom, gramma and grandpa and 2 dogs?”
Some particularly web-savvy officials responded to the requests nearly in real time.
We have seen this kind of web-enabled emergency response in other countries before, but never in the United States on this scale.
In fact, the last time a “major” hurricane made landfall, in 2005, Twitter didn’t even exist. (The U.S. government defines a “major” hurricane as a Category 3 or higher storm.)” – CNN Money
Celebrities took to their social channels to ask that their followers get involved with the relief efforts.
We are currently overseas in London and all I can think about is how devastated I am as I look at images of the damage Hurricane Harvey has caused. I am praying for the safety of all those affected. Houston has truly been a home to me over the last 8 years. Myself and @futuretheprince are working with local relief groups to aid and assist the people of Texas in anyway we can and in the most immediate way possible. I also want to thank all the men and women of service and volunteers for their courageous efforts to help people in need. I encourage everyone to do what they can to assist the people of Texas knowing whatever effort you can make to help will go a long way.
Many were even taking the time to share uplifting videos to keep themselves in good spirits as they wait for relief efforts. Those in the local Houston area offered their help and services to those in need, and their extended Facebook/Twitter/Instagram “family” helped to amplify the message.
— Ice Wave 💠 (@5stahg) August 29, 2017
— Aaron 🇵🇷 (@aaronreyne) August 28, 2017
If you’d like to donate, please find just a few of the foundations that are providing relief to the victims of Hurricane Harvey: