Orange County Emergency Management
409-882-7895 · Fax 409-670-4143
We are receiving
inquiries from citizens in our community and beyond who want to offer
assistance or make donations to the Hurricane Harvey victims. It is important that such good intentions do
not create the potential for a disaster within a disaster. Therefore people who wish to offer assistance
should do so in as effective a manner as possible.
businesses who want to provide assistance to our community should first work
through their local disaster relief organizations. (American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The
Texas Baptist Men Feeding Organization, the Adventist Community Services, the
Second Harvest Food Banks, the Catholic Charities, etc. You can find these organizations listed
online under “Social Service Organizations”.
know the immediate needs of people in the affected areas, how best to meet
those needs, and how to ensure assistance is appropriate, adequate, and delivered
to the right places. The disaster relief
organizations can tell potential donors what is needed and how to package and
transport those goods that are needed to the disaster area. Donations that
arrive in the early stages of a disaster may not reach the proper people or
even meet the current needs. If donors
plan to travel to the disaster area, they may find that lodging and other
services are not available which may add to problems in the disaster area
rather than helping.
officials want to express their gratitude for the overwhelming support they are
receiving from in and around the cities, county, and states.
We have been
receiving donations for the past several days and the facility we were using is
getting full. We will give you information
as soon as possible on where you can bring donations so we ensure these
donations are processed in and out effectively.
Thank you all for
your patience and understanding as we work through these processes together to
bring about a sense of normalcy to our community.