Rain is expected to continue throughout the week in parts of Texas and Louisiana, meaning the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey are far from over. Although we are many miles away, there are several ways Hoosiers can get involved and help storm victims.

The easiest way to contribute to the cause is to give money. Donating things like clothing or food aren’t always as helpful as monetary donations that guarantee trained organizations like the American Red Cross and Salvation Army can get resources to the victims in need.

Monetary donations can be made safely online or through direct texts to these well-established organizations:

The Red Cross and Salvation Army need volunteers to help with shelters for people that fled the coast. The Red Cross is also expecting blood supplies to be very low as the blood banks and collection centers on the shoreline were forced to close paired with an increased need from injuries. To donate, find a location near you.

Efforts are also being made to rescue animals from the flooding. Donations to help Texas animal control can be made to:

Natural disasters are often unexpected and leave little time for planning or evacuation. Any donation will make a difference to someone in need.

While Indiana is known for lifting up those in need, it is important to be skeptical before giving money to less credible organizations. The Indiana Attorney General is warning all Hoosiers that the aftermath of a natural disaster is a hotbed for scammers. Any Hoosier with plans to donate should also take steps to avoid falling victim to scams targeting those who want to help victims.