When a Hurricane Hits Home

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  • August 28, 2017
  • Helen Murphy

Today is day three of Hurricane Harvey hitting the Texas Gulf Coast. I am writing this from the 5th floor of a Marriott hotel in Pearland, a suburb about 15 minutes south of Houston. As I type, I hear heavy rain hitting the roof and windows of the hotel. The sound is sobering.

I am lucky. My most immediate concern is how to entertain my 20-month-old in a hotel room that has power and running water. Anyone watching the news knows there are so many throughout Houston and the surrounding areas that need urgent assistance.

If you are inclined to help, Texas Monthly has a good list of reputable organizations and ways to contribute. The Red Cross is also accepting donations on their website or via text: 1-800-RED CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

We don’t know what is next for Houston and the Gulf Coast. Texas has never experienced a storm like this before. We can only guess where the storm will go, when the rain will stop, and the damage that will be left behind. I do know that we’ll get through this. We talk about “the good stuff” at INK – the stuff that breaks through, grabs attention and drives impact. There has been so much “good stuff” amidst all the bad that Harvey has brought. Houston residents exemplify some of the best people that Texas has to offer. I’ve seen neighbors and strangers offer displaced individuals homes and supplies. I’ve seen volunteers go into dangerous situations to rescue others. If there is a silver lining in this whole situation, we’ve gotten a reminder of what togetherness looks like.

As we progress through day three of this storm, keep Texas and Houston in your thoughts, donate if you can, but mostly, be kind and helpful to one another.

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