Across the state of Texas, 5,000 federal employees and 3,000 state and national guard troops—with more on the way—are trying to handle the catastrophic effects of Hurricane Harvey. Now, the federal government is adding another layer to its response: crowdsourcing.
The administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) called on Americans on Monday to donate their money and time to search and rescue efforts in the wake of the storm. While thousands of people have already been displaced by unprecedented flooding—and at least five were reportedly killed—at least 30,000 will still need shelter, according to the agency's director Brock Long. And the flooding could get even worse.
"I'm asking for all citizens to get involved here," Long told the New York Times. "Donate your money, figure out how you can get involved as we help Texas find a new normal going forward after this devastating disaster." In separate comments, Long said he expects FEMA to be in Texas "for years."
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