As you well know, Hurricane Ike ravaged the Texas coast five days ago. While clean-up is well underway, conditions are actually getting worse for many people in the Houston and Galveston area. People are quickly running through their savings, just trying to survive. Refugees are returning home to find now power and few supplies. Government relief is around, but we all know how well that works. And the devastation is quite sobering. Check out the pictures from the Austin American-Statesman of the damage and recovery. There is also a lot of information, pictures and video from the Houston Chronicle.
The people affected by Ike could really use your help. The best way to help is by donating money to a respectable charity (I prefer the American Red Cross due to their proven track record). Although donations of food and clothing and building supplies can be useful, money is the most useful.