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Hurricane Harvey: How Nurses Can Help

Anything Helps

I’m currently living in Seattle but called Houston home for the past 2 years. Many of my friends in Houston are nurses who’ve spent the past 4-5 days working in their facility until relief nurses could arrive safely. They worked tirelessly caring for patients and slept on cots and air mattresses between shifts. They are heroes and we should honor them by helping out communities impacted by this historic storm. See the links below for ways to help. 

Assist in Texas

Texas Disaster Volunteer Registry: For healthcare providers who want to volunteer their skills and time.

From the Texas BON: Nurses from Compact states with current multistate compact licenses need not apply and may come to Texas to practice without application.

Local Organizations

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Started by Houston’s Mayor, Sylvester Turner

Houston Food Bank

Houston Humane Society

Texas Diaper Bank

LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund 

United Way of Greater Houston

Local Hospital Foundations

The hospitals listed below are just a few facilities in the Texas Medical Center that were impacted by the storm. Please consider giving to their foundations.

Harris Health System

Memorial Hermann

Houston Methodist

Texas Children’s

MD Anderson Cancer Center

National Organizations

American Red Cross: You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

AmeriCares

Catholic Charities

Salvation Army

Blood Donations

Please consider donating blood at your nearest blood center. If you are ineligible from donating, encourage an eligible person to donate in your place.

America’s Blood Centers

Written by Nurse Blake

Blake is a registered nurse and received his BSN from the University of Central Florida. He has worked in a number of healthcare roles throughout his career and has managed several injury prevention programs and started Banned4Life, which ended an outdated FDA blood donor policy. Today, Blake is an advocate for nurses and patients and encourages a healthy work environment. He is a writer, public speaker, and has been a paid contributor to the New York Times.

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