Without the proper infrastructure in buildings and houses to withstand excess amounts of snow and freezing temperatures, Southern states across the US are experiencing the harsh and even deadly effects of this month’s winter storm. With many people trapped in their homes, and running out of power and food supplies, the state of Texas has been hit the hardest. President Joe Biden has declared Texas in a state of emergency as of yesterday.
From Houston to Dallas, the state is suffering from a lack of leadership when it comes to taking care of its people during a climate crisis like this one. Resorting to boiling snow for drinkable water while the pipes in many homes have burst, many people are also being hospitalized and treated for exposure to the cold and carbon monoxide poisoning after trying to keep warm using generators and cars.
While this winter storm isn’t going to last forever, the few days that it has pass over the South has done enough damage. Luckily, there are ways you can help from wherever you are right now.
How You Can Help Texas Residents
- Donate to a mutual aid fund.
Mutual Aid Houston, Austin Mutual Aid, and Feed the People Dallas are groups that provide housing, food, and other support systems to those in need.
- Donate to a food bank in Texas.
Feeding Texas has compiled list of food banks across the state. You can search by zipcode.
- Donate to a national organizations.
The Salvation Army and American Red Cross in North Texas, Central and South Texas, and the Gulf Coast region of Texas.
- Donate to or volunteer with disaster relief organizations.
Crowdsource Rescue, which has been activated to help those in Texas.
- Help animals in need by donating to
Austin Pets Alive!, SPCA of Texas, and Operation Kindness.
- Support local journalists who are responding to the winter storm crisis and working around the clock to help get useful tips to mass audiences who may be trapped in their homes.
GoFundMe for the Austin American-Statesman, the Dallas Morning News, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Donate Via Venmo
- Dallas: @feedthepeopledallas
- Houston: @mutualaidhou
- Austin: @austinmutualaid
- San Antonio: @pmgmutualaid
Lastly, one of the most important things you can do, especially as someone from a state not suffering the deadly consequences of these winter storms is to write, email or call lawmakers and hold them accountable. The last thing Texans are worried about are sending a letter to their leaders, lawmakers, and Congressional representatives while their windows are freezing over. That’s why it’s so important to use your voice to let people working in government who have the power to provide immediate help that it is not acceptable to be getting on a plane to Cancun while so many people from the state you represent are suffering.
Speaking out about this failing leadership might sound like it isn’t significant, but it’s important to recognize when the people who are supposed to be making our lives better are actually actively hurting them. In times like these, they become unreliable. In times like these, we turn to each other for help. In times like these, it’s important now more than ever to support our neighbors in any way we can.