Disaster Relief

Posted by Darlene Scheffler Thursday, September 21, 2017 8:07:00 PM

Disaster Relief: How to Request Help

If your Scouting unit has been affected by the recent storms and has lost items crucial to serving the youth in your community, the Scouting family is here for you. Nationwide, fellow Scouts are looking for ways to help and we now have a resource to connect those in need with those looking to do a good turn and lend a hand. 

Follow these simple instructions:

  1. Register for lost items by filling out your contact information here
  2. Your information will be populated into a separate Google Doc which will be sent out to the Scouting community wishing to assist.
  3. From there, other units from around the country, who are looking to adopt a unit in need, will have the opportunity to connect with those units needing help.

The Scouting family is here to support you as relief efforts continue in your communities. With the help of your fellow Scouts, we hope to get you back to serving the youth in your community as soon as possible. For more information about this program, please contact Jessica Everdale.

Additionally the Sam Houston Area Council will continue to assist with providing uniforms and Scout handbooks for those in need, including those who have lost these items as a result of Hurricane Harvey. To apply to receive this assistance, please click here.

Disaster Relief: How to Help

Source: Scoutwire: September 21, 2017

When disaster strikes, the Scouting community rallies to help those in need. The summer of 2017 has brought some of the worst weather in recent memory. Thousands of Scouting units have been or will be affected and it is up to us, the Scouting family, to do a good turn and lend a helping hand. Here are a few ways you can make an immediate impact.

Help a neighborhood Scouting unit:

Other councils/packs/troops looking to support Scouting units in need can purchase new items so that they can resume activities as soon as possible.

  To help a Texas/Louisiana Scouting unit in need, click here.

Contact information will be provided so you can reach out directly to the affected Scouting units and arrange for shipment/delivery of goods.

Help a local BSA council:

Donate online to a special BSA fund established to help those councils most affected by the recent natural disasters. All donations will be used to help rebuild and restore BSA facilities and programs.

Other ways to help:

To provide immediate support for food and shelter needs in the area, Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and the BSA encourage you to donate directly to the American Red Cross and/or Salvation Army:

  • American Red Cross: Donate online, call 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • Salvation Army: Donate online; by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY; or via mail to: The Salvation Army, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta GA 30301

We thank you for your continued support of the Boy Scouts of America and for helping the Scouting family through these troubling times.

Share your Stories

SHAC FacebookFinally, if your unit has helped restore the community in the face of Harvey's devastation, we thank you for all you have done and all you will continue to do. If you or a Scout you know has helped make an impact, please share your story, by clicking here or let us know by tagging our council's Facebook page. Units who helped with rescues, recovery fundraisers, clean-up and other volunteering efforts after Hurricane Harvey are eligible for a ribbon for their unit flag. For more information, please click here.

Recovery Guide

The United Way's After the Storm guide contains resources to help you begin to recover from Hurricane Harvey. 

After the Storm: Recovery Guide


If you or someone you know needs help, call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

Disaster Clean-Up

If you need assistance with cleanup after the storm, call 1-800-451-1954 or 844-965-1386 to be placed on the list. Disaster recovery organizations will contact you if they are able to help you with clean-up efforts in your area.

Disaster Volunteers Needed

Contact the United Way at volunteerharvey@unitedwayhouston.org for more information. 

Redcross.org and volunteerhouston.org are both experiencing high traffic. If you are unable to load either site, please keep trying!

  • American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Volunteer positions include warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution, and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer.
  • BakerRipley is recruiting volunteers to help at the shelter at NRG Center. Click here to sign up. 
  • The Houston Food Bank needs volunteers. Find out how to help.
  • Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities.To learn more, visit www.volunteerhouston.org.

*If you live outside the Houston area or in another state, please create an account and sign-up for opportunities through Volunteer Houston. The conditions in the Greater Houston area are still changing and it is not safe for people to travel to and through many areas. Please wait for local officials to approve travel before planning to arrive to our community.  


To find a shelter, visit www.redcross.org/get-help/disaster-relief-and-recovery-services/find-an-open-shelter for a listing of current open shelters.


The Sam Houston Area CouncilBoy Scouts of America is committed to helping the cleanup effort in Southeast Texas. All Scouts and Scouters interested in these efforts are encouraged to participate.

Crisis Cleanup

If your unit is planning to assist with cleanup efforts for our fellow citizens affected by Hurricane Harvey, please visit www.crisiscleanup.org for information about cleanup opportunities. Your unit will need to register if this is the first time using the site.

United Way of Greater Houston's 2-1-1 Helpline

If you need help finding assistance the United Way of Greater Houston assistance helpline, 2-1-1, is the number to call when you don't know who to call. The United Way of Greater Houston's trained HELPLINE specialists are good listeners, blending understanding and expertise to provide information and referrals drawn from a comprehensive database of social services. 



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The Boy Scouts of America is currently working on a website to help units across the country be able to identify a unit in need in Texas impacted by the hurricane.  A link will be posted when it is available.


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