In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

September 5, 2017

At ECPR, we’re proud to work with clients that see the value of giving back to their community. So, when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast last week, many of them were quick to figure out how they could provide support to families affected by the storm.

Our friends at Google launched an SOS alert for the hurricane that features the latest news, resources and ways to help. The Harvey Crisis Map includes shelter, road closure and weather information. In addition, the company announced a donation of $500,000 to support organizations working with impacted communities. Google also pledged to match the first $500,000 made during the Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas concert on September 22.

Our friends at Texas Mutual announced several ways in which they are supporting both employees and policyholders affected by Harvey, including providing grace periods for payment due dates and suspending policy cancellations for those impacted by the hurricane. Texas Mutual partnered with the Austin Disaster Relief Network to get important supplies to evacuees in need.

 

To help with rebuilding efforts, Texas Mutual pledged $10 million in grants to policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey. The grants will go towards helping businesses and employees get back to work safely and quickly.

In addition to treating many patients affected by Hurricane Harvey, St. David’s HealthCare received approximately 20 patient transfers from hospitals in impacted areas. As part of these efforts, St. David’s HealthCare sent its neonatal transport team to Houston to evacuate several critically ill infants and transport them to St. David’s Medical Center’s NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for care. Additionally, approximately 400 members of St. David’s HealthCare’s leadership team filled 500 backpacks with toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste, etc.)—as well as coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and new or gently used books—to donate to children in shelters.

 

And finally, the Texas Access to Justice Foundation is raising funds to support free legal services in the aftermath of the hurricane. As they rebuild their lives, victims of Hurricane Harvey will be faced with many legal issues including replacing important documents and applying for disaster benefits. The Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund supports the work of free legal aid attorneys throughout the state who will work with survivors to rebuild their lives.