Helping Harvey Relief Efforts

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, the State of Illinois has helped aid relief efforts to help those in need in the Texas areas suffering from flood damage.

Governor Bruce Rauner has mobilized the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to coordinate Illinois’ disaster-response infrastructure with those of Louisiana and Texas. The Illinois Red Cross has also contributed resources to give support to the areas affected; sending volunteers into the disaster zone to help get shelters set up and deliver necessary supplies and resources.

This is the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall in the United States since 2004. The effects have been devastating, causing extensive damage to the Houston area’s infrastructure, much of which requires immediate maintenance and repair. ComEd has deployed an electrical repair team from Illinois of about 50 trucks to assist recovery efforts—and get power back to the city. Countless other businesses and non-profit organizations from Illinois have also stepped up to help relief, and you can find more ways you can help such efforts here.

The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, and County Judge Ed Emmett, have established a relief fund to collect donations for those affected by the storm. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will collect donations for victims affected by the recent floods, and is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501©3 public charity. You can find more information on it here.

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