Midwestern and some southern states have to practice tornado drills; west coast states practice earthquake drills; all the while southern and eastern coast states have to be prepared with the knowledge of a more serious storm–hurricanes.
On August 25th, 2017 Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Rockport, Texas. Thousands of residents in Texas had to evacuate their homes and leave their pets and personal belongings behind to take safety. On August 24th, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) encourages that residents follow directions from state, local, and tribe officials to prepare for Hurricane Harvey.
Many people decided to stay in Texas in their homes when the hurricane hit. This resulted in many injuries and deaths. According to Dallas News, at least 60 deaths have been reported. Citizens and law of enforcers of Texas have been helping save victims and animals in any conditions. The New York Times, which has travelled to Texas to cover the some, estimates that there have been 3,500 people rescued from flooding by the Houston Police Department.
President Trump visited Corpus Christi, Texas on Tuesday, August 29th. “We won’t say congratulations,” He said. “We don’t want to do that… We’ll congratulate each other when it’s all finished.” As of August 25th, CNN Money and CoreLogic said that Hurricane Harvey could cost up to 40 billion dollars worth of damage. Even though there have been many tragedies that have occurred because of Hurricane Harvey, many people have come together and have shown their kind side. Some big name celebrities that have donated are the Kardashian-Jenner family and Miley Cyrus, who both donated $500,000. Other big names are Tyler Perry, Sandra Bullock, Ellen Degeneres and Leonardo DiCaprio who have all donated one million dollars.
You can also help make a difference. To donate to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey you can donate online at red cross. Other alternatives are call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-27677) or Text Harvey to 90999. There will also be donation buckets in the Welcome Center and Commons at Lake Forest High School.