For those in the chaos of Harvey, these next few weeks may be some of the hardest of your life and may test your faith and your resilience. You may wonder what some of the feelings you have mean; you may ask if how you feel is "right" or "wrong". It is important to remember that feelings are not "right" or "wrong"; they are just feelings, so feel them. What matters is what you do with how you are feeling. Control what you can and let the processes in place take care of the rest. The storm will pass, literally and figuratively. You will see rainbows again.
What is important will shift - in the best possible way. What once seemed so important suddenly is not. You and your family are safe and alive. That simple. Your beloved pets are alive - Again, that simple.
You will realize that you actually have more stuff then you need. You may have lost a lot of stuff. Stuff is not what makes life great. Your friends, your family, your work, your passion; that is what makes life great.
There is help everywhere. Help will present its self to you in the days and weeks ahead. Be a grateful receiver.
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Resources for Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery
Hurricane Preparedness and Recovery: http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/hurricane
Current Evacuation Routes http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/traffic/safety/weather/hurricane.html
Texas Department of Transportation
Local Red Cross Locator http://www.redcross.org/find-your-local-chapter
Red Cross Smartphone Apps
Apps will update people on current flooding situation and provide information on safety during a disaster. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.fa&hl=en https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/first-aid-by-american-red/id529160691?mt=8
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) http://www.fema.gov
500 C Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20472
If a disaster is declared, please call to apply for assistance by phone, or visit https://www.fema.gov/apply-assistance
Texas Department of Public Safety - Division of Emergency Management https://www.dps.texas.gov/dem
Family Temporary Assistance Program https://yourtexasbenefits.hhsc.texas.gov/programs/tanf
Local Salvation Army Locator http://www.salvationarmyusa.org
Get valuable information on Making a Plan, Building a Kit that meets your family's needs and viewing Texas specific Videos on the importance of preparation: http://www.texasprepares.org (English & Spanish, Checklists in various languages)
The Texas Division of Emergency Management has a variety of materials for preparedness and safety tips for different types of disasters and emergencies, including an evacuation checklist.
Basic Information regarding Emergency Preparedness for Texans who are Deaf: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/asl
Surviving Disaster Videos link on www.accessibleemergencyinfo.com (Sign Language, Braille, Large Print options)
2-1-1 (https://www.211texas.org/211) provides a voluntary registry for people who need assistance and evacuation in the case of a hurricane or natural disaster. The public may register year-round. Registry information will be forwarded to local Offices of Emergency Management (OEMs). Local OEMs have the responsibility for coordinating evacuations.
As an additional resource, we have provided the website information for AirBNB and VRBO, which may offer reduced rates for housing in times of disaster.