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Personal Ways to Help after a Flood

Many of us have friends or loved ones who were affected by the recent devastating storms in Texas. Want to help personally? Here are some ideas from people who have experienced floods.

Know that no gesture is too small.

Bring a cup of hot coffee. Wash some clothes. Or offer an hour or two to help sort and clean up. Just show up – any offer of help is appreciated.

Take on a task.

People may be reluctant to ask for help, but you can:

  • Do some laundry. This is a huge help. Bag up dirty clothes, wash them and return them clean and folded.
  • Drive someone to an appointment, school or work. Pick up and drop off kids at daycare, scout meetings or athletic practices.
  • Store salvaged items in your garage.
  • Open your home for showers, meals or even temporary living.
  • Take care of a beloved pet.
  • Charge a cell phone.
  • Bring a meal that doesn’t require cooking, heating or refrigeration.

Bring useful items.

The cleanup process is long and arduous. Help weary homeowners by bringing something they will need. Ideas include:

  • Cases of bottled water
  • Floor fans
  • Packing materials – bubble wrap, packing paper, rolls of duct and packing tape
  • Cardboard boxes (all sizes)
  • Plastic bins/containers of different sizes with lids
  • Markers of different sizes and colors
  • Cases of paper towels
  • Cases of toilet paper
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Battery-powered camping lanterns
  • Flashlights
  • Power strips
  • Work gloves
  • Pop up tables to place and stage things
  • Stepladders
  • Drop cloths
  • Hammers, blade utility knives
  • Good first aid kit
  • Trash bags
  • Gallon zip lock bags
  • House cleaning supplies
  • Bug repellent
  • Easy-to-eat snacks (protein and granola bars, fruit, chips and nuts)
  • Paper plates, plastic utensils, cups and napkins
  • Restaurant gift cards
  • Gift cards to big chain suppliers and home stores for clothing, home goods, tools and other needs
  • Clean old or cheap t-shirts that can be worn as throw-aways during clean up
  • Clean bedding sheets, blankets, pillows
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