Over the past 10 days, so many of you have put forth tremendous labors to aid our neighbors who were impacted by the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. Your donations, service, prayers, meals, time, organizational assistance, hugs, tears, and sacrifices have blessed their lives in countless ways!
- 107 different work crews
- 1,500 members and friends from the Katy stake
- 156 homes remediated!
This past weekend, across Houston there were:
- 11,000 LDS Church members serving on Sunday; 10,000 members on Saturday from 53 stakes! Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Baton Rouge, Jackson, Mississippi
- At least 5 stakes from Austin serving in Katy
- Estimated 200,000 hours!
More opportunities to serve this weekend 9/16-17:
We have been asked by the Area Seventy to send out as many work crews as possible again this Saturday and Sunday. Thousands of additional LDS volunteers will be coming in to help us from across Texas. Our LDS volunteers from Louisiana and Mississippi are heading to Florida to help with Hurricane Irma clean-up. Please sign up with your ward leaders to join a crew and invite friends and neighbors to join us!
Requesting Help for Homeowners. If you become aware of people who still need assistance re-mediating their homes, please have them call 844-965-1386. If you have friends, family, or co-workers for whom you’d like Mormon Helping Hands to personally assist them, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with their name/address/phone number/details of the work needed/and your ward name. Since we aren’t doing any mid-work remediation, please communicate to your friend that our next availability to assist them will be this Saturday/Sunday.
Thank you for your efforts in this great work!
There is so much information to sort through as families are recovering from the flooding, we have put in a few more documents in the share folder to access: Hurricane Harvey Recovery
These documents include navigating FEMA, cleaning up personal property after a flood and a response guide to dealing with this crisis.
Please share these documents with those who can benefit the most!
In this time of need, there are many that are looking to serve and provide their time and resources for our community. The Katy Stake leadership will keep a running list with information for you to reference during the coming days and weeks.
Volunteer and Donations:
Mormon Helping Hands are being organized at the ward level and then stake level to assist individual home owners gut their homes once their house has drained from the flood waters. These work crews will be organized for this Saturday, Sunday and Monday (September 2-4th) as well as in the coming weeks and/or months as the needs get addressed and the flood waters leave. Strict safety guidelines will be provided with training for each crew. Projects will be announced shortly and we welcome volunteers, ages 14 and up, to help in this challenging but rewarding service.
- On Friday, 9/1, Ben Hilton will be leading a group for drywall removal out of a half dozen homes starting at 2935 Lake Drive, Katy TX 77494. We will be starting there at 9 a.m. ending around noon. What to bring (essentials):Gloves, Drywall knives or Box Cutter knives. Optional: Wheelbarrow if you have one, Pry bars if you have one, Chisel and Hammer, Bottled water or other refreshments! Book of Mormon to pass out! Questions, contact Ben Hilton, Cell 281-773-5772
- September 1-2: Here are immediate needs at Katy Christian Ministries and they will be accepting donations Friday & Saturday 9am – 5pm: powdered laundry detergent (small sizes), shampoo & conditioner, razors/shaving cream, toilet paper, dried beans, rice, ramen, mac & cheese, pasta/pasta sauce, canned meats, canned tomatoes, canned fruit. All must have expiration dates of 2018 or later.
- If you are looking for other ways to serve, this website lists many opportunities with various churches collecting, sorting, etc: katydisasterresponse.com as well as justserve.org. On there is listed many opportunities to contribute.
- If you would like to sign up to donate to clean supply kits, use this sign-up genius link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080d4ca8ab23a13-cleaning
- If you have housing to share – either in the short-term or know of long-term housing for families displaced, add to this document: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSco1wzAIdxzk0pI8-saxlzE4OrJ7gC41ycItAmo7nCryG_Efw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Information for Those Who Have Been Flooded
- This link takes you to a folder with helpful tips on managing your home after a flood – it was written by a family that just experienced their home flooding in Baton Rouge last August. Also there are self-care tips for everyone to review after a disaster Hurricane Harvey Documents
- If you want to share where people can receive work crews to come help “muck and gut” their flooded home once the water recedes, call these numbers at Crisiscleanup.org. This is a centralized database that all churches use, including Mormon Helping Hands, to strategically address the needs in the community and use volunteer resources most effectively. This is a hotline available to submit work orders for specific need requests related to the damages and for cleanup efforts. There is no charge if these services. They are mobilizing thousands to come and help mucking out homes, cleaning etc. By calling the hotline number, a volunteer will take down the information you need and create a work order and then attempt to send a volunteer crew out to help. This includes removing carpet, cutting down tree limbs, etc. Obviously there’s still difficulty getting crews into the neighborhood, but this will allow us to start the rebuilding process, and they will come as they are able.
The Houston LDS Home Storage Center is hosting some excellent classes in the coming months to help everyone from the beginner to the expert improve their home food storage. Be sure to mark your calendars, invite friends, and go accomplish those food storage improvement goals!
Although we are well into Texas’ hurricane season, it isn’t over yet and it is always a great time to evaluate how prepared we are for an emergency. Houston averages a tropical storm or hurricane every three years. It has now been six years without one, so we definitely need to be ready.
Our two main worries during these storms are wind and flooding. Tropical storms can potentially be more devastating to us in Katy due to the potential for flooding we face. Buffalo Bayou will actually reverse directions in a hurricane and travel towards us instead of out into the ocean.
There are many simple steps we can take now to be sure we are prepared.
*Determine safe evacuation routes inland.
*Make emergency plans for pets.
*Check emergency equipment, such as flashlights, generators and battery-powered NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards and cell phones.
If you have useful hurricane equipment (generators, chain saws, etc) learn to use them properly now. Under the stress of a storm we may use less common sense.
*Buy food that will keep and store drinking water. Information on preparing 72-hour kits can be found HERE.
*Clear loose and clogged rain gutters and downspouts.
*Trim trees and shrubbery.
*Review your insurance policy…
Please know what your home owner’s policy covers with regards to water damage. The policies are very specific as to the cause of the water damage they cover. You can go onto the FEMA Map Service online to check your neighborhood for potential flood risk.
It is important for you and your family to determine if you need to upgrade your home owner’s insurance or choose to carry flood insurance. Insurance companies, as a rule, will not make changes on policies when there is a storm present in the Gulf. If you decide you would like flood insurance, there may be a 30 day waiting period from sign-up until coverage begins so it is important to think about these things now.
As a storm approaches it is very important to closely monitor radio, TV or NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards for official bulletins. If told to evacuate, do so immediately.
Other tips to secure your home:
*Store lawn furniture and other loose, light-weight objects, such as garbage cans and garden tools.
*Turn refrigerator to maximum cold and keep closed.
*Turn off propane tanks.
*Unplug small appliances.
*Fill bathtub and large containers with water in case tap
water is unavailable. Use water in bathtubs for cleaning
and flushing only. Do NOT drink it.
It’s also a good idea to have cash on hand in case power goes out and ATMs don’t work.
Here are some other resources to check out:
NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center on Facebook
American Red Cross
National Hurrican Center