Our hearts go out to all of our friends, family, and clients in Texas who are coping with Hurricane Harvey, the event of a lifetime. Personally, I am very blessed to be in Georgetown, Texas with my family and with no negative impact. In the absence of being able to be on the ground or in a boat, we have donated to several great charities that are providing relief. See the links below if you feel moved to help from afar.
Throughout this experience, I was reminded repeatedly that there is so much more that unites us than divides us. That our hearts and souls are the threads that bind us. The political nonsense and labeling on everyone’s social media stream are now gone. In their place are resources, love, and compassion. I find myself wondering how to be a part of maintaining this level of care, once the crisis has passed.
The importance of clear communication has also been highlighted. When someone was asking for help in the over 2,000 rescues (as of writing this), they needed to be very clear on where they were so they could be located. With the many sources of support that were coming through, clarity of message was crucial for resources to be accessed. The Cajun Navy even had walkie talkie apps that were specific to them completing their job. There are even systems in place to check-in as “safe” so your loved ones can see you are okay, even when you may not be able to communicate directly.
Early on, the lack of alignment between state and local government about whether or not to evacuate caused confusion and emphasized the importance of leadership being aligned. I am sure we will see this debated on the other side of Harvey.
The team work at place from all levels—federal, state, local, and civilian—has been amazing to be a small part of. Again, UNITED WE STAND. Separate, we fall. We extend a HUGE thank you to all the responders who have stepped in to help each and every Texan.
In love and solidarity,
Lexy and the Tryb
“After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.”
Based out of San Antonio, is putting together relief kit for families with very small children who need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations.
Has provided inclusive relief to people with disabilities for twenty years. This group is working to ensure that people who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need after they evacuate.
Is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast with shelters, supplies and volunteers.