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Spotlight: Who is Making a Difference in the Harvey Disaster Zone
Each month, ISD would like to highlight an individual, non-profit, and corporation dedicated to long-term recovery in Southeast Texas.
Individual: Governor Greg Abbott
Immediately following the disaster in September 2017, governor Abbott created The Governor's Commission to Rebuild Texas. Since then, the commission, led by Texas A&M professor John Sharp, has secured $13.81 billion in funding for Harvey survivors and has meticulously tracked and accounted for the recovery of every stakeholder in Texas communities, from corporations to small businesses to individuals. For more info, visit https://www.rebuildtexas.today/
Non-Profit: The Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
The Foundation, originally started by the Dell family in 1999, created The Rebuild Texas Fund in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The fund, which draws money from the Foundation as well as other corporate and individual donors, maintains a number of ongoing projects aimed at long-term recovery in the SE Texas region, such as housing relief, education aid, and small business revitalization. For more info, visit https://www.rebuildtx.org/
Corporation: Fannie Mae
As one of the nation's leading insurers, Fannie Mae has been committed to ensuring the welfare and financial stability of suffering Americans. In Southeast Texas, Fannie Mae is working with ISD to explore unique funding solutions for underserved communities. To learn more, visit http://www.fanniemae.com/portal/about-fm/hurricane-relief.html
Hurricane Harvey By the Facts
- Harvey was a Category 4 Hurricane that made landfall on August 25, 2017.
- The storm was one of the longest-lasting hurricane events in the history of the US, forming on August 17 and dissipating on September 1st, affecting SE Texas and SW Louisiana.
- Maximum Rainfall: 62 inches (most in US history)
- Maximum Wind Speed: 130 mph
- Recorded Tornadoes: 57
- Fatalities: 107 (directly and indirectly)
- Economic Damage: $125 billion (2nd costliest in US history)
- 565,043 businesses affected
- 25 percent of area's oil production was down (5 percent of total US production)
- Residential Damage: 190,300 homes damaged, 12,700 destroyed
- Vehicle Damage: 1 million ruined beyond repair