HOUSTON – The Cajun Navy may be the embodiment of self-reliant citizens helping their neighbors during a tragedy, but when an unfolding catastrophe like Hurricane Harvey wrecks a major American city, it is only natural to expect the companies, authors, bloggers and manufacturers that make a living from survival to jump in to help.
And it seems, slowly but surely, the Survival Industry is doing the right thing.
In a review of nearly 300 Survival Industry websites, most have not launched public assistance campaigns, whether they are engaged in offering help privately, we may never know.
However, several are helping with financial gifts or promoting efforts by assistance organizations. To help those companies and leaders, PBN will list the information as we receive it. When we hear about other Survival Industry members helping out, we will certainly update this article. Let PBN know what your company is up to by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here’s what we know so far, listed in the order of which we received the information:
- My Patriot Supply: The storage food company is sending a tractor trailer with $500,00 worth of food and water purification supplies to Texas. Also, for the next 24 hours (ending Aug. 30 at midnight), the emergency food company is donating a Two Week Emergency Food Supply to Houston-area support services for every purchase more than $99.
- Survival Mom: Individuals and families can download for free the Kindle version of “Emergency Evacuations,” a guide by the Survival Mom. After Sept. 1, it’s only $0.99. Practical advice for what to pack and take with you as you seek a safer location. Geared for families, with checklists, and help for families with infants, elderly, special needs. Click here for the free Kindle download.
- NSSF: Firearms retailers, ranges and manufacturers are eligible for aid from the National Shooting Sports Foundation. Applicants for relief should contact NSSF Member Services at 203-426-1320 ext. 209. A “Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund Application” is available online at www.nssf.org/relief for business loss or damage resulting from Hurricane Harvey to qualifying NSSF member businesses.
- Team Rubicon and Cheaper Than Dirt: Team Rubicon USA’s Hurricane Harvey Relief will help veterans and fund more first responders to assist Houston, and Cheaper Than Dirt will match your donation (up to $10,000). Team Rubicon’s efforts to help Hurricane Harvey victims will receive 100% of the donations from Cheaper Than Dirt’s campaign. Rubicon’s mission is: “Disasters are our business. Veterans are our passion.”
- American Red Cross: Anyone who has been through a tragedy like this knows that when the American Red Cross shows up, the help is deeply appreciated. Forget the Main Stream Media stories tearing down this organization in the past. The Red Cross will help plenty. To make donations click here.
- Bass Pro Shops: The massive retailer is coordinating with local, state and federal agencies – including police, fire and rescue teams on the ground – to support ongoing rescue and relief efforts with more than 80 Tracker boats. The retailer is also donating truckloads of relief supplies totaling $40,000. The contributions support Convoy of Hope, a Springfield, Missouri-based humanitarian organization, and the American Red Cross. Donated supplies include protein-rich foods like Uncle Buck’s Premium Jerky and peanuts for those in the field. Finally, the company is supporting impacted retail store associates in the Houston-area through its Bass Pro Cares Fund, which provides support for critical living expenses in times of devastating need.
- Prepper Shows USA: One of the great sources of information for preppers is promoting the organizations that are helping, including The American Red Cross, Salvation Army and Catholic Charities. In an email to followers, Prepper Shows USA also included a FREE pamphlet from the Red Cross on Food and Water in an Emergency. It shows you how to treat water to make it safe to drink.
- Paratus Business News: The small staff of Paratus Business News will engage in two activities: 1) Despite being a true start up, i.e. not profitable yet, we are making personal donations to the cause, and 2) we will be helping victims by personally cleaning and gutting homes impacted by the floods.