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Disaster Profile: Hurricane Harvey

On August 25, 2017, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 hurricane. Harvey was named the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. since 2005, leading to 41 counties in Southeast Texas being designated as federal disaster areas; an estimated 136,000 homes were damaged in Harris County (Houston) alone. Additionally, the Coastal Bend region was hit especially hard, with an estimated 39,927 damaged structures totaling $4.5 billion. Damage caused by Harvey was vast – not only were homes affected by storm surge and rising waters, but high-speed winds downed trees and damaged roofs.

Program Work: Recovery Activities

In both Houston and Coastal Bend, our teams are still working to reach homeowners needing home repairs, with our site supervisors and volunteers focused on constructing high-quality interior repairs. Teams are in their final weeks of work in Houston, however, operations will continue in Coastal Bend. We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back.

In addition to our traditional recovery work we continue to partner with other local organizations in an effort to expand our impact on affected communities. In Houston we’ve continued to support Food not Bombs, distributing food to communities in need, whilst in Coastal Bend we’ve continued to work on community beautification projects with Keep Aransas County Beautiful.

Program History

Phase I: Houston and Coastal Bend (August 2017 – January 2018)

During the response phase, our teams were able to complete an impactful 16-week response program in Coastal Bend and an 18-week program in Houston. In January, 2018 both programs transitioned into the recovery phase.

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Program Work

In both Houston and Coastal Bend, our teams are still working to reach homeowners needing home repairs, with our site supervisors and volunteers focused on constructing high-quality interior repairs. We’re driven by the continued recognition of the immense scale of need that still exists in Texas, and the compassion of volunteers to keep coming back.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Home BuildsHome Builds

Home build programs aim to provide a safe living environment for homeowners that have been impacted by disaster. Our teams of staff and volunteers may undertake a series of activities which help to ensure homeowners are able to return to their residences as timeously as possible.

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting
All Hands and Hearts Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and Gutting Mucking and Gutting

Mucking and gutting is a crucial step in ensuring the structure is adequately prepared for the repair/rebuild process. Mucking is the removal of mud, muck, silt and other typically semi-solid material from a home, caused by water inundation, while gutting is the removal of damaged construction-related materials, including drywall, insulation, floorboards, paneling and cabinets.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

Debris Removal Debris Removal

Debris removal is classified as the removal of personal items, appliances, furniture or vegetation that were damaged or destroyed by the disaster and are found outside of the physical structure.

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Her world is back

All Hands and Hearts volunteers help homeowner Linda O’Neal find normalcy in Aransas Pass, Texas after Hurricane Harvey destroyed her home.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Stella

Stella Chalila from Zimbabwe spent her first time in the US volunteering in Aransas Pass before starting her master’s degree in disaster management.

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