This past week, our campaign continued to suspend volunteer block walking activities to assist local volunteer organizations with Houston flood relief activities. These efforts have been inspiring, but there is still more to do. This is why my team worked diligently with several key community leaders this week to brainstorm ideas for a volunteer neighborhood watch as well as an informational forum that was tentatively scheduled to be held this weekend.
However, after input from our exhausted friends and neighbors, we realized that producing a video featuring thirty-year disaster recovery expert Stan Miller would be more helpful than another public meeting at this current time.
In response, the initial idea for a forum at Westbury United Methodist Church this Sunday has been revised to producing an online video answering FAQ’s from the community. The video is currently in production, and will offer additional information that has not yet been provided to assist flood victims in the recovery process.
To the city of Houston’s credit, two days of meetings with leaders of local organizations were organized this past week to help volunteers and victims communicate, coordinate and act. What we have learned is that the city has advised citizens affected by the flood to find relevant information online at www.houstonrecovers.org; Harris County officials also recommend www.harrisrecovery.org.
Officials also encourage citizens to report non-emergency needs by dialing 311; 211 is another non-governmental resource providing information on all the services available. Additionally, volunteer organizations collaborating with the city are promoting a website for individual volunteers to sign up at www.volunteerhouston.org. Volunteer organizations are also encouraged to register at www.crisiscleanup.org to assist in recovery activities.
These resources have all been helpful, but for many, unanswered questions still loom. This is why we are excited about the information Stan Miller will be providing to the community, and look forward to releasing the video soon.
From day one, this campaign has focused efforts on meeting the needs of the community by leveraging our resources in partnership with other groups and volunteer leaders. During this challenging time, our community deserves unity, help and healing. Of course, our neighbors also deserve access to as much information as possible.
As such, our campaign will continue to fulfill unmet needs within the community. We ask our volunteers to continue to help where they can, and sincerely appreciate all of your support toward the goal of uniting and healing our community.