The nonprofit Coast Guard Foundation has activated its Disaster Relief and Response Fund to help U.S. Coast Guard members affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“These brave men and women are working around the clock in high winds and torrential rains to help those in the Houston and surrounding areas to higher ground,” Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation, stated in a press release. “While they are working tirelessly to rescue more than 4,000 people so far, for many, their own homes and possessions have been destroyed by the most dangerous hurricane to hit the U.S. in over a decade.”
The relief program was established 12 years ago, after Hurricane Katrina. The region that Hurricane Harvey affected is home to some 5,000 U.S. Coast Guard members.
“We welcome the public’s support to bring short- and long-term relief to these heroic men and women and their families as the rescue effort turns to restoration and rebuilding,” Ludwig stated.