On August 25 Hurricane Harvey made landfall in southeast Texas making its mark as one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. For five days following, Harvey slowly made its way over southern Texas until it made its final landfall near Cameron, Louisiana on August 30th. Southeast Texas was devastated by catastrophic flooding leading to an estimated 75 billion dollars in damages and counting.
Just two weeks after Harvey, Hurricane Irma slammed through the Caribbean and is now currently making its way up Florida and towards Georgia. The extent of the damages in the Caribbean Islands and Florida is still unknown but estimated to be possibly more costly than the destruction caused by Harvey.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey and the growing need of support for Hurricane Irma, there has been a heavy outpouring of volunteer support and donations to relief charities with the tech industry being a large contributor. Here is how some tech companies have been contributing to the Hurricane Harvey and Irma relief funds.
On Tuesday 9/12, a televised fundraiser called Hand in Hand supported by Verizon, Apple, and other major contributors will air to benefit those affected by both Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
Apple’s CEO Tim Cook tweeted out a link on August 27th which allowed users to donate directly to the American Red Cross through iTunes and the iOS App store for donations between $5 and $200 with the click of a button. They have also pledged $5 million to the Hand in Hand fundraising event.
IBM has promised to donate $2 million to go toward the relief efforts of Hurricane Harvey and another $2 million towards the victims of Hurricane Irma.
Amazon/Whole Foods met its $1 million fundraising matching goal within a couple of days with proceeds going towards the American Red Cross. They also enacted a ‘Wish List’ on their website with necessary supplies and tools to be shipped out to affected areas.
AT&T originally pledged $350,000 to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts but since Irma they have raised that amount to $1.4 million.
Google raised $2 million in funds from Google users and employees to be donated towards Red Cross efforts in the affected areas with an additional $250,000 of corporate contribution.
Facebook ran its own campaign on its social network with a fundraising goal of $1 million to be matched and then donated to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
In response to the thousands of displaced victims of Hurricane Harvey, Airbnb used its platform to allow hosts to open up their homes for free. The company listed available locations in cities such as Dallas, San Antonio and Austin for evacuees for which Airbnb is waiving any charges. They have extended this offer to the Florida Panhandle, Northern Georgia, NW and SE South Carolina for those affected by Hurricane Irma.
These numbers are subject to change over the coming days and weeks as the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma is evaluated.
You can do your part too by donating to your charity of choice to help in aiding the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma.
Text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross
Red Cross Irma Relief: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-irma-donations
Global Giving: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/
All Hands Volunteers: https://www.hands.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-response/
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/