ABOVE: Rescue efforts at The Texas Zoo. Source – San Antonio Zoo
There are a number of ways to help attractions, museums, zoos and aquariums, and their staff who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey, along with ways to help others effected in Texas and Louisiana.
If you’re looking for ways to contribute to the people in Texas and Louisiana directly impacted by Harvey, Charity Navigator has a list of reputable charities providing support in the aftermath, for both humans and animals:
IAAPA encourages donations to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and to the Macau Red Cross for relief efforts in Hong Kong, Macau, and Zhuhai, which received a direct hit from Typhoon Hato on August 23.
The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) is encouraging support of efforts by both the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) and The Association of Children’s Museums (ACM).
AASLH has set up a cultural relief fund and is seeking those trained or experienced in dealing with disasters to volunteer in assisting museums and heritage sites in the region. Additionally, attendees to the AASLH annual conference Sept 6-9 in Austin are encouraged to sign up for volunteer trips to help in the storm damaged areas.
ACM has set up a fund to assist local children’s museum staff who may have been personally impacted by the storm. This includes staff from Galveston Children’s Museum, The Woodlands Children’s Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum of the Golden Crescent, Children’s Museum of Houston, Beaumont Children’s Museum, and The Children’s Museum of the Brazos Valley.
The San Antonio Zoo has been spearheading efforts with other Texas zoos and aquariums to save animals at the Downtown Aquarium Houston and The Texas Zoo in Victoria, both of which were isolated by storm water and suffered facility damage. My interview with the Zoo’s Executive Director Tim Morrow, which includes a link where you can donate to the effort, is below:
The AZA has also set up a fund to assist those Texas zoo and aquarium staff and their families personally impacted by the storm.