INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – The City of Independence is thinking of all of the survivors of Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey. Many citizens have reached out to City Hall asking if there were any City organized efforts to help those impacted by this disaster. As the storm continues inward, and the impacted area spreads, City leaders are closely monitoring the situation and encourage citizens to use caution when donating.
“All of America is watching as the impact of this storm unfolds and the desire to provide relief is strong in Independence and around the nation,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “It is important to note that this will not be a quick recovery. The citizens and the cities they live in will be working for years to recover. We all want to do something to help. I urge our citizens to donate or volunteer through VOAD or the Red Cross to ensure resources are used responsibly and effectively.”
If you wish to donate toward Harvey recovery efforts, please use caution and only provide personal information to verified organizations. The Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) has put together a verified list of Texas partner members at indep.us/txvoadmembers. The American Red Cross is also collecting funds at redcross.org.
Those wishing to volunteer are asked to not self-deploy. There will be opportunities to volunteer in the future once immediate dangers have been resolved and flood waters recede. You can register to volunteer through the National VOAD system at, nvoad.org/hurricane-harvey/volunteer/. Once the situation is safe, NVOAD will connect volunteers with organizations in Texas and Louisiana.
Finally, if you are looking for other ways to help, consider donating blood locally. There is always a need and disasters like this deplete blood banks across the country.