News Release

Council of Governments message regarding Hurricane Harvey

Aug 29, 2017

The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), its members, and regional stakeholders extend their sympathy to residents of Texas in the tragic loss of life and property as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the torrential rains now pounding the southeastern portion of the state.

We appreciate the great assistance hundreds of first responders are providing, including the fire and rescue teams from Montgomery County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia in this region. The humanitarian aid provided by the Red Cross, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and others also is greatly appreciated. We in this region will monitor the situation and stand ready to provide more aid.

Those who want to provide relief to those in need in Texas should do so by making monetary donation to the American Red Cross through their web site,, or contacting any of the resource providers listed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) listed below:

  • If your question or request is related to Hurricane Harvey please visit:
  • To help people affected by the storm, visit @nvoad’s page for a listed of trusted organizations:
  • To find family & friends or to register yourself as safe, visit the @americanredcross Safe & Well site:
  • To report a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children at 1-866-908-9570
  • To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from the storm, call the @disasterdistressline at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746
  • Visit the FEMA Social Hub for updates from official emergency management social media accounts.
  • Download the FEMA Mobile App to receive alerts from the National Weather Service, get safety and survival tips, customize your emergency checklist, find your local shelter, and upload your disaster photos to help first responders.
  • For information on protecting your house of worship please visit:
Contact: Jeanne Saddler
Phone: (202) 962-3250
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