As some Houston residents return to “normal” life, others are still facing the heartbreaking effects of Hurricane Harvey or have yet to return home. One of the worst hurricanes in Texas history, Hurricane Harvey impacted millions of lives, destroying homes, business, vehicles, and so much more. Between August 26th and August 31st, Harvey pummeled Houston with 19 trillion gallons of rain, costing $190 billion and at least 70 lives.
It has been almost 2 weeks since Harvey made landfall, and many of us are still in a daze and somewhat numb, asking ourselves “did this really happen?”
But Houston is strong and we are here to help. We at ExecuTeam & Team1Medical want you to know we are here for you. We hope that all those affected by Hurricane Harvey are safe and getting the recovery aid needed.
With that said, we have provided a few resources below to help you or someone you know during this process.
If your home or business was damage by the storm or flooding, you may be able to receive assistance from FEMA. See if you are eligible for disaster relief by registering online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov or call FEMA at 1-800-621-3362.
Missing Loved Ones
If you’re concerned about the safety of your family or friends, visit the RedCross Safe & Well site to search the names of those who have registered themselves as “safe and well”. You can also reach Contact Loved Ones telephone service, to leave a voice message for your missing loved ones or check if they have left a message for you.
If you have lost or found an animal, register him/her at Helping Lost Pets. Additionally, there is a wonderful Facebook pages that was created specifically for pets lots during Harvey. Visit Hurricane Harvey – ALL Lost & Found Pets to search for pets lost and found amid the storm.
A Place to Stay
If you are in need of shelter, those working at a Disaster Recovery Center can assist you in finding a place to stay. You can also text SHELTER and your zip code (e.g. SHELTER 77057) to 4FEMA (43362) for a shelter closest to you or visit the American Red Cross website to find an open shelter.
Food & Supplies
The Houston Food Bank is working diligently to feed those affected by Hurricane Harvey. They are also working with partnering agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most. For a list of pantries and other food & water assistance, contact the Houston Food Bank at 832-369-9390 or visit their website.
Scheduling a doctor’s appointment can be a bit challenging right now. That is why Reliable Online Wellness Experience (ROWE) is offering online healthcare services to Harvey victims. Also, when disaster strikes it can be extremely difficult to cope. But you don’t have to do it alone. Red Cross health and mental health volunteers are available to provide first aid, as well as emotional support. Contact the Mental Health Line by texting the word TALKWITHUS to 66746.
Replace Important Documents
These are items you don’t think about until you need them, but you can get started on the process now. Although the process varies state to state, USA.gov provides steps to get started on replacing your important documents so you will have them when you need them.
Remember, Houston will recover, rebuild and be as strong as ever. And we are here for you.
Whether you are ready to get back to work, or you’re in search of more employees, ExecuTeam Staffing and Team1Medical Staffing are here to help. Our office is up and running, and our team is ready to provide you with the excellent service you have come to expect from us. Please let us know if we can assist you in any way.