Recovering from Harvey and Irma: How you can help

Hurricane Harvey
Houston Police SWAT officer Daryl Hudeck carries Catherine Pham and her 13-month-old son Aiden after rescuing them from their home surrounded by floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) —  Just as recovery efforts begin in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, more residents are bracing for Hurricane Irma.

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If you’d like to help those impacted by the storms, there are several ways:

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Six Kent County mayors are working to spread the word about the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which was established by Houston mayor Sylvester Turner after an overwhelming number of calls and messages from people looking to help.

“We are getting calls from across the country and right here in our hometown, and the generosity of people who understand this disaster is truly amazing,”  Turner told KXAN. “Together we can make a difference to those who will need extensive help to get back on their feet once this storm is over.”

“Grand Rapidians have a long history of providing support to those impacted by disasters. The people of Houston need our help, and I urge our community to answer that call,” said Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss in a statement Tuesday.

For Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll, Harvey harkens memories of the tornadoes that hammered his city in July 2014 and August 2016.

“Having dealt with the impact of severe weather incidents in the last couple years, our thoughts and prayers go out to our colleague Mayor Turner and all those in Houston who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. We stand beside the Houston community and trust that, in addition to support from our city and those around the nation, their indomitable spirit will carry them through,” Poll stated.