Texas is in a bad spot these days. The record breaking cold has hit a region that didn't weatherproof the power generating facilities, meaning that many places are out of power. Burst pipes, boil water warnings, and other effects of the storm has put many people in real desperate straits.
Here's what you can do.
- Donate to a mutual aid fund, like Mutual Aid Houston , Austin Mutual Aid , or Feed the People Dallas .
- Donate to a food bank in Texas. Feeding Texas has a comprehensive list of food banks across the state, searchable by zip code.
- Support national organizations active in the region like the Salvation Army and American Red Cross in North Texas , Central and South Texas , and the Gulf Coast region of Texas.
- Relief organizations like Crowdsource Rescue , which has been activated to help those in Texas, are in need of volunteers and donations.
- For animal lovers, organizations like Austin Pets Alive! , SPCA of Texas , and Operation Kindness need volunteers, supplies, and donations.
- AirBnB is running an "Open Homes" program where people with spare rooms can help re-home people in the region. NoirBnB is offering a similar service, asking users to open up their homes if they are able to. NoirBnB can be reached by email via Concierge@noirbnb.com.
- Conserve power if you're in Texas by following this handy guide from the Austin American-Statesman: