Houston and its surrounding areas were devastated over the weekend after Hurricane Harvey made landfall and brought catastrophic flooding that’s left at least eight people dead and tens of thousands more displaced. Harrowing videos been have been emerging of people needing rescue from their cars and homes, and although authorities have been working around the clock, they can only be in so many places at once.
That reality has made many local citizens join the cause, including Gerald Green, who is right now driving around the city and beckoning anyone in the area with a boat to come out and help him. Here’s the video he posted to Instagram on Monday.
“Anybody in Houston got a boat, I don’t care what it is. Get at me. I’m trying to help out people in Houston, dawg.”
It’s admirable that Green is doing everything he can to help, and it’s also impressive just how much social media has aided in the rescue efforts. A group that calls itself the Cajun Navy, which formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has been using Facebook to coordinate these efforts.
According to the latest reports, the devastation is far from over, so the people of Houston are going to need all the help they can get.