August 2017 – Present / Houston, Texas
Hurricane Harvey has brought unprecedented destruction to Texas and the real toll of lives lost, communities hurting, and homes and businesses destroyed is just beginning to unfold. Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit the US since 2005, superseding Hurricane Sandy. The recovery is going to be long and hard; that’s why All Hands Volunteers has committed to be on the ground for at least two years, helping families recover from this disaster. We need your support, through donations and offers to come and volunteer.
Beginning as a tropical storm and fueled by unusually warm Gulf water, Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday, 25 August, 2017, as a Category 4 “major” hurricane, with wind speeds of 130 mph. Harvey’s enormous destructive potential comes as a result of strong winds, torrential downpours, significant storm-surges and devastating flooding. Harvey made a total of three landfalls in Texas, damaging or destroying roughly 185,000 homes and impacting millions of people; 42,399 individuals are reported to be living in shelters. Since the initial landfall, the death toll has risen to at least 70 individuals.
ALL HANDS VOLUNTEERS AT WORK
All Hands Volunteers is off and running in Texas in our typical all-in fashion, with multiple teams on the ground. Multiple teams have started “mucking and gutting” homes in the Houston area, often alongside homeowners – the first step to recovery for families who have lost everything. Another team continues to cut down trees and clear debris in Aransas Pass, where some homes were literally cut in half by the storm. Still another is operating the VRC (Volunteer Reception Center) in Aransas Pass, enabling volunteers to effectively plug into the response effort. We have two bases: on in Fort Bend County and one in Aransas Pass. We always seek to meet the greatest need and our teams are determined to help those who cannot help themselves; we are committed to Rebuilding Hope for all.
This is the fourth time that All Hands Volunteers has responded in the Gulf Coast region of Texas in the last two years alone. That makes this response personal for us. Sherry Buresh, our Director of Domestic Response said, “We feel a close connection to the people there because we know so many of them. Our hearts go out to them.” With that, we are quite literally, All Hands on deck. To date, we have received 4,100 volunteer applications. Our volunteer coordination team is processing as quickly as possible to facilitate the maximum number of volunteers.
A TWO YEAR COMMITMENT TO TEXAS RECOVERY
We understand that Texas has a long road ahead and All Hands Volunteers is committed for the long term. We remained in Detroit for 1.5 years, in New York (after Hurricane Sandy) for almost 3 years and we’re still in Louisiana; one year after the flood.
We have committed to be in Texas for at least two years. That’s what it takes to Rebuild Hope for families and communities after a disaster like Hurricane Harvey. So that’s what we do; we stay until the job is done.
OTHER IMPORTANT NEWS
Please donate today to help the thousands of families who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. All donations will be used to help victims recover and rebuild over the difficult weeks and months to come.