Americans Want to Help in Post-Harvey Disaster Recovery


Government, celebrities, and corporations have all stepped in a big way to help victims recover from the devastation of three recent hurricanes, and their assistance is both essential and generous.

But Americans are not ones to sit on the sidelines and let others do the work. They jumped in feet first to provide assistance during the immediate aftermath, and have taken great interest in the form of charitable donations and contributions to the rebuilding and recovery.

Measuring interest in helping out post-Hurricane Harvey, researcher Alex Brill and Georgia Institute of Technology professor Scott Ganz took a look at state-by-state interest. Searches don't necessarily amount to donations, but here's what they found:

And here's what they concluded about what they found:

To better understand what traits or characteristics might explain the variations in the map, we performed a regression analysis, which allowed us to identify factors that are associated with responsiveness. In particular, we looked at the following factors for each state: median income, education, race, age, religion, and distance from Houston. Texas was excluded from the analysis.

Our analysis shows that states with higher median household incomes were more likely to donate. We also found that states with a higher proportion of elderly people and a population that is generally more religiously observant were more likely to give. Educational attainment and racial composition were not significant factors.

Ultimately, the well-being of fellow Americans matters to many. Hopefully, these searches mean people will get the help they need quickly.