This is insane!
One of these crazy polar vortex weather systems rolled through ten years ago and I lived through it. It was miserable. Luckily, it seems like my small town learned their lesson and made the right modifications so that if and when it happened again, they would be ready. It was crazy, the city turned off our gas in the middle of the night and we had no heat during a polar vortex. My son was first born and I had to spend several nights at my in-law’s house because they have a wood-burning stove. It was one of the worst few days of my life.
My friends in Texas are really struggling right now. I saw this post from a buddy of mine that I used to work with and I’m hoping that things being to change soon. This is insane. It’s so cold in Texas that fish aquariums inside homes are beginning to freeze over. Don’t believe me, take a look!
Want to help? Here are some ways you can support those struggling right now
- Donate to a mutual aid fund, such as Mutual Aid Houston, Austin Mutual Aid, or Feed the People Dallas. All three groups are working to provide housing, food, and other support systems to those in need.
- Donate to a food bank in Texas. Feeding Texas has a comprehensive list of food banks across the state, searchable by zip code.
- Donate to national organizations, such as the Salvation Army and American Red Cross in North Texas, Central and South Texas, and the Gulf Coast region of Texas.
- Donate to or volunteer with disaster relief organizations like Crowdsource Rescue, which has been activated to help those in Texas.
- Help animals in need by donating to organizations such as Austin Pets Alive!, SPCA of Texas, and Operation Kindness. Note that some facilities, such as Operation Kindness in North Texas, may be impacted by power outages.