The scope of Hurricane Harvey's devastation on Southeast Texas is just beginning to come to light a week after the tropical storm made landfall, inundating the region with up to 50 inches of rain in areas. With the waters slowly starting to recede, experts are predicting the clean-up from what is likely the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history could take months, if not years.
That explains why the offers of help continue to pour in from so many directions, with the latest to add their names to the list including singer/actress Zendaya. The Spider-Man: Homecoming star posted a note to fans on Thursday (Aug. 31) encouraging them to text (Zhope to 50555) or visit the Convoy of Hope site to find out about the group's disaster relief efforts.
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus is also giving his fans a way to pitch in by offering up random Blink-related merch to those who take or donate clothes to the Southside Skate Park in Houston. "This is a great way to get involved and help those in need right now," he wrote. Check out his post below:
Help has come from other avenues as well, including Austin's ATX Music Office, which has gathered more than 165 musicians who've offered to volunteer their services to entertain the tens of thousands of Houstonians who've been displaced by the storm and are now living in shelters.
— D. Sengupta Stith (@deborific) August 29, 2017
— ATX Music Office (@ATXMusicOffice) August 31, 2017
Click here for an updated list of benefits and tribute shows for Harvey victims in and around Austin. Their efforts join a growing list of offers of financial help from a raft of artists, including Beyoncé, Miley Cyrus, Drake, Solange, Fall Out Boy, Chris Young and many others.
The Recording Academy's MusiCares foundation has also gotten involved by setting up a relief fund for members of the music community who've been affected by Harvey. The assistance includes basic living expenses (shelter, food, utilities, transportation, medical expenses, medication), as well clothing, instrument and recording equipment replacement, relocation costs, home repairs, debris removal and more. Click here to donate to the fund (choose "hurricane relief" in the gift designation drop-down menu).
Musicians and music professionals can request disaster relief by contacting the South Regional MusiCares office at 615.327.0050 or toll-free at 877.626.2748, or by submitting an application. MusiCares has also teamed up with Guitar Center, which has promised to match $25,000 in contributions to any Guitar Center or Music & Arts stores across the country or online to ehlp impacted musicians, songwriters, recording studios and ausio professionals rebuild their lives.
"We thank Guitar Center for their partnership in helping to address the hardship caused by this devastating flood," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of the Recording Academy and MusiCares. "When natural disasters like these strike it is always tragic, and we have worked with Guitar Center in the past -- to provide much needed resources when the Gulf Coast hurricanes struck in 2005 and again in 2010 to assist with Nashville Flood relief efforts -- so it's comforting to know how effective and efficient our alliance is in providing help and hope to music people in need. Together we believe that keeping the music going is an important step in the healing process after a disaster like this."
The Red Cross has provided a list of flood safety tips, and those who wish to help can visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or text he word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. Other organizations supporting those affected include AmeriCares, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army and AABB.