GoFundMe's security team has reached out to state officials in Louisiana and Texas, in anticipation of the landfall of Hurricane Harvey later this week, which could spawn several fundraising causes.
"Our giving community always steps up in times of need, and these preparations are to ensure their generosity is protected," the crowdfunding site said in a statement Thursday.
Harvey is on track to make landfall in Texas late Friday or early Saturday. Officials have warned that the storm, projected to reach major hurricane status as it reaches Texas, could prompt heavy rainfall and strong winds in Louisiana.
GoFundMe, like KickStarter, allows people to ask for online donations for causes including philanthropy, business start-ups and honeymoons.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency as a rapidly-strengthening…
GoFundMe causes related to last year's historic floods in Louisiana raised more than $11.2 million -- the most ever raised through GoFundMe for a natural disaster in the company's seven-year history. GoFundMe worked with Attorney General Jeff Landry to establish new fraud protections following the floods.
In a news release about the Harvey precautions, the company said that it was being proactive to ensure security.
"We are hoping for the best, planning for the worst, and we will stay in close touch with all organizers and beneficiaries to ensure the resources get to people in need as soon as possible," the company said in the release.
Harvey, churning in the Gulf of Mexico since Wednesday, has officially been upgraded to a hurricane.
The flood that swept through south Louisiana earlier this month, displacing thousands of peo…