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Helping Harvey survivors

What we're doing and what you can do to help Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey survivors.

Post Date:08/29/2017 12:00 p.m.

The City of Cedar Park has received many inquiries from caring people, regarding what the City is doing to help Hurricane Harvey victims.  We would like to share how we are helping and what you can do to help. 

How the City of Cedar Park is helping
The City of Cedar Park has deployed Fire and Police first responders to assist flood victims in the Houston area. Late Monday night, the Cedar Park Fire Engine 4 with four firefighters joined several other local Fire Departments and their equipment and headed to Montgomery County, just north of Houston, as part of the Texas Interstate Fire Mutual Aid System.  The Cedar Park Police Department has sent its tactical rescue vehicle with one Cedar Park Police Officer and one other Police Officer from a neighboring department the area so far, at the request of the Houston Police Department. 

The City also participates in the Capital Area Shelter Hub Plan (CASHP) and will activate shelters to house victims when we are called upon to do so according to this regional sheltering plan.  

How you can help
Cedar Park is an especially generous community and many local residents have reached out to us for ways to help.  One of the best ways you can provide immediate assistance to Harvey survivors is to donate cash to a reputable organization such as the Austin Disaster Relief Network, the American Red Cross, the Salvation Army or the United Way.  Remember that these organizations will not solicit you for donations – you will have to contact them.  Beware of incoming donation request phone calls.  It is better if you proactively contact an organization if you would like to make a donation. 

The City and many of these organizations discourage the donation of in-kind goods or items – unless they are specific items requested by these organizations – at this time.  Remember that the displaced survivors in many situations have no means to store donated items and an influx of goods has the potential to create a “disaster within a disaster” by an overflow of donated items that cannot be matched with families at this time.  It is more beneficial to the survivors for you to donate financially. 

If you have boat and would like to assist with rescues
If you have a boat and would like to go to the Houston area and help with the rescue effort, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office asks that you please first contact them at 713-881-3100 to coordinate.     

We thank you for your generosity and caring spirit as we work through this Texas tragedy together.  We are #TexasStrong.