Hurricane Harvey Update

By Trauma Response


Hurricane Harvey. On the immediate horizon are support needs following Hurricane Harvey. While we don’t yet know specifically how we will be asked to serve, it’s almost a certainty that we will have requests from some of the many congregations that are affected. We’ve been in touch with our point of contact at the UUA and Congregational Life staff in the Southern Region. In addition, our On-Call Lead has been working to email and/or call as many ministers and leadership in UU congregations potentially impacted by the storm and flooding. As of 08/29/17 we do not have any requests, which is no surprise; it’s very early in this disaster—it’s still raining and the water is still rising in some places.

HurricaneHarveyPic2Note to UUTRM Responders. We expect there will be a need for UUTRM response to Hurricane Harvey in the coming weeks. When we have a specific request we will reach out to UUTRM responders. When a request comes in, we often have to be on the move quickly; flexibility is the keystone in crisis response. Responders, please keep watching your email and phone for updates.


Important Links:
UUA/UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
How to Donate Money and Other Aid to Communities of Color in Houston
Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey
When disaster relief brings anything but relief


Also, from TX

Thousands in our state are suffering because of Hurricane Harvey and spillover flooding since this weekend. Our Revolution Texas members are among them. Many of us around the state are wondering how we can volunteer and donate to help the many in hard-hit areas. We all know that showing solidarity in trying times is an important part of what we do and why we do it as progressive populists.

In the Houston Area
If you have a flat-bottomed boat or a high-water vehicle, you are urgently needed. Call 713-881-3100.  If you are in need of immediate help from a life-threatening emergency call 9-1-1.If you are or know others in need of non-emergency help call 3-1-1 in Houston or 2-1-1 in nearby areas.

Outside Houston
Local relief groups, progressive organizations, unions, and immigrant rights groups are already mobilizing grassroots relief efforts. Here is a list of groups and efforts you can plug into to help:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund. A union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO, donations are tax-deductible. The state fed has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

RNRN Disaster Relief Fund. Our ally the National Nurses United organizes medical relief for major disasters through this fund.

Texas DSA. DSA chapters (also allies) have been organizing both volunteers and those in need at a grassroots level. Sign up here to offer help (or ask for it) or donate directly to Houston DSA.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund. If you want to donate directly for relief in the Coastal Bend towns hit directly by the hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston’s mayor has set up this fund to assist with victims of Houston’s ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

The extreme enforcement policies of SB4 and ICE have put immigrant workers in increased harm’s way through the crisis. Immigrant and refugee groups such as RAICES in San Antonio are moving to get aid directly to immigrant families. Jumping in now is just the beginning.