The Orange Chapter of the American Red Cross held a press conference Thursday to review the progress of recovery locally from the Tropical Storm Harvey disaster in August 2017. Executive Director Chester Jourdan, Jr. reminded Harvey was a storm of historical significance and the recovery from it will take historical efforts.
Jourdan said Red Cross dispersed more volunteers in the year after Harvey than any other year since 1881. Erica Lowry the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Executive Director for Red Cross reported that one hundred million dollars in financial assistance has been assigned to southeast Texas for the recovery to assist over seventy thousand households.
The Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County has impacted 56 people with its efforts to rebuild and repair homes. Two homes will be completely rebuilt and 18 other homes will be repaired by June of this year. Elise Fulton-Smith the Development and Marketing Director with the Habitat for Humanity said her agency has assisted 157 people since the storm.
Special Projects Coordinator for Orange County Michelle Tubbleville thanked the county, the Red Cross, and other agencies for their efforts to help the citizens effected by Harvey. In the last month 50 cases of post Harvey survivors have been addressed by case managers working for Orange County. “Without the Red Cross funding we would not be able to give it back into our community, so we thank you,” Tubbleville exclaimed.