Hurricane Harvey could be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history with a potential price tag of $190 billion, according to a preliminary estimate from private weather firm AccuWeather.
This is equal to the combined cost of Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, and represents a 0.8% economic hit to the gross national product, AccuWeather said.
--USA Today, Aug. 31, 2017
Many of us want to help the people in the Houston area who are suffering from the Hurricane Harvey disaster. It's easy to go online to donate to reputable organizations. However, it's prudent to check the organizations before you give.
Charity Navigator is a resource that rates all these organizations. It also has links to reputable groups for Hurricane Harvey relief. You can link to them here: https://www.charitynavigator.org
And, as always, there are bad guys out there running scams. This link will take you to the government website warning of these scams: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/current-activity/2017/08/28/Potential-Hurricane-Harvey-Phishing-Scams