Update on Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

With the fast-paced news cycle, many volunteer groups have turned their attention away from coastal Texas. According to the Washington Post, a new survey of Southeast Texas residents shows that many survivors of Hurricane Harvey continue to suffer the effects — including financial losses and mental distress — of the historic late August storm. The survey also showed that only 26% of those requesting aid from FEMA were approved. Of the people negatively affected by Harvey, nearly half — 48 percent — reported having no savings at all.

Remains of gas station

Remains of gas station, Refugio, TX, two months after Harvey. PHOTO: Trisha Seguin

As you may be aware, the United Methodist Church is first in and last out. We intend to be providing help to these survivors for the long haul. Hundreds of homeowners are still in need of initial relief (tarping, mucking, debris removal, etc.). This initial phase will eventually shift to a rebuilding phase. Throughout it all, United Methodist Church Disaster Response Teams will be there.

I can’t express enough how much the people of the Coastal Bend region need to know they are not forgotten and could use a helping hand.  – Susan Luttrell, Team Leader for UMCOR Disaster Response Team of FMC-Mansfield.


First Church – Round Rock will be responding to the call with a trip to the coastal bend December 27-30, 2017. To learn more about how you can help, contact Dave Scott at txgolfersall@gmail.com.