A few days ago, Hurricane Harvey made landfall and has since caused a devastation on the cities affected by it. To date, local officials have counted at least 38 deaths and many more injuries caused by the storm. In Houston, the storm has flooded over three feet of rain. And in other areas, the rain has surpassed 50 inches, setting a new record for the continental U.S. The devastation of the hurricane has caused up to 30 percent of land to be flooded in Harris County.
Apart from the deaths, injuries, and the displaced families, Harvey’s devastation has prompted the mayor of Houston to impose a curfew. Not only that, billions of dollars have been estimated as the cost of damage this historic storm has brought upon the country.
As the storm continues its way towards the Texas/Louisiana border, it is expected to make a final landfall early Wednesday. After that, it is said to turn into a tropical depression, as it slowly makes its way northeast across Louisiana and Arkansas from Thursday to Saturday. Residents are continuously being evacuated and advised to head to higher ground.
With the amount of devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused, companies have already started pitching in to do their part in helping with relief efforts. So far, companies like Wal-Mart, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Microsoft, Amazon and Whole Foods Market, Home Depot, Lowe’s, and many more have already pledged to donate money or their products to help those displaced from the storm. In the telecom industry, the big four carriers have already expressed how they wish to respond to Hurricane Harvey:
AT&T has waived fees for customers affected by Hurricane Harvey. Starting August 26 until at least September 1, AT&T wireless customers in affected areas will receive credits for additional data, voice and text charges. For AT&T Prepaid customers, credits will be given for additional voice and text charges.
In addition to this, the wireless network has pledged a sum of $350,000 to be given to communities such as the Greater Houston Community Fund ($100,000), American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Fund ($100,000), and the Coastal Bend Community Foundation in South Texas ($50,000).
The AT&T Foundation will also be matching employee donations of up to $50,000 each to the AT&T Employee Disaster Relief Fund, which provides assistance to the AT&T employees residing in areas affected the storm. It will be extending this assistance to Team Rubicon, a disaster response veterans service organization as well.
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