Houston Police rescue a flood victim. Courtesy of the department

Charities across the country are gearing up to help the victims of what may be the most catastrophic hurricane to strike the United States in a decade

Hurricane Harvey has dumped over 11 trillion gallons of water on low-lying Houston, leaving an estimated 30,000 people in need of emergency shelter and causing widespread damage.

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County, along with Jewish Federations across North America, is raising funds to support communities in need. Donations will be accepted online.

Charity Navigator, a national service that rates nonprofits, has compiled a list of highly-rated charities that are responding to the storm and providing assistance to those affected by it. The includes both national and local organizations who are providing food, shelter, and medical support.

San Diego-based International Relief Teams is already working to provide storm evacuees with personal hygiene kits. More then 1,200 kits will be delivered early this week to an on-site partner in Texas.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.