FEMA numbers put Hurricane Harvey relief needs into perspective

Just over a week after Hurricane Harvey devastated numerous cities in southeastern Texas, recent numbers disclosed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency highlight just how extreme the needs are for those not directly impacted by the storm to lend a helping hand.

According to initial numbers released by FEMA, around 573,000 people have requested assistance. Of those, 180,000 have been granted $152 million in assistance so far, the agency said Tuesday. That averages out to about $837 per family -- roughly the same cost of a washer and dryer set, a mattress or a sofa, and just a small fraction of the cost it would take to rebuild a home devastated by flooding.

In addition to these payouts, FEMA also offers a minimum two-week hotel stay and two months of rental assistance, but could you imagine living off of just that if you had lost everything?

While it may sound like a lot of money on the surface, to the thousands who have completely lost their homes it doesn't even put a dent in the costs it will take them to rebuild their lives. To them, the healing and repair process will continue for months, and even years, to come.

If you are part of the fortunate ones and are willing and able to help those who fell victim to Harvey, there are plenty of ways to provide assistance even right here in Central Texas. And don't forget to check out our tips on how to make sure your Harvey donations are secure right here.

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