Last week, Hurricane Harvey was headed straight for the Texas coast. The category 4 storm was the strongest to make landfall in the United States since Hurricane Katrina. When it made landfall Friday night, Harvey basically destroyed the town of Corpus Christi and then headed straight for Houston, the nation’s fourth largest country and my hometown, where most of my family still resides.
At the same time, Harvey has brought out the best in the people of Texas. Houston icon Mattress Mack offered his furniture stores all over the city as shelters for displaced people AND their pets, sent his delivery trucks out to take people to safety, and provided food and supplies for the National Guard and first responders. Those in safer zones have offered their homes to strangers as refuge. Boat owners requested that their contact information be shared with those needing rescue. People in other Texas cities are buying diapers, medicine, water, and supplies to send to shelters in Houston.
Harvey rails on and heads to East Texas and Louisiana on Wednesday, but the strength and love Houstonians have for each other will last long after the storm passes. We could all take a page from my hometown and learn to be more #HoustonStrong. As I write this, the citizens of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas are pleading for their lives. If you are able to send help that way, please do.