By JoBeth Reilly, TECNI-QUIP Carts / Clean Cycle Systems
As South Central Texas residents with businesses, TECNI-QUIP Carts / Clean Cycle Systems, my family is grateful that our companies were spared the wrath of Hurricane Harvey. At our business location we were touched by the outer bands of Harvey and experienced about 15 inches of rain with 40-60 mile-an-hour winds. But thankfully, we experienced no flooding. We were also very lucky that the hurricane changed course prior to any disastrous consequences. However, many of our fellow Texans were not so lucky.
In an effort to help our community I have been in touch with many rescue organizations. Initially during a call from Emergency Response Operations Services in Austin, Texas, the coordinator informed me that they were seeking blankets, cots and pillows for a shelter being set up at the downtown Austin Convention Center. I am proud and very moved to say that a few of our wonderful customers and Hotel Associations in San Antonio and Austin took part in meeting the needs of this emerging Austin shelter which will house 6,000 distressed individuals who have lost everything.
Rescue efforts in Houston are ongoing – and as we speak, more individuals are being taken to the shelters located in the image accompanying this piece. Local News Today is reporting that there has been such an out pouring from the Texas and Louisiana Communities that Emergency Management is meeting their needs for supplies and volunteers.
The next step is Recovery & Relocation. Although this stage is not presently established, it will be a very important stage for those leaving shelters for more permanent housing. Those who lost everything will need help from the Laundry and Textile Industry.
Please consider helping to support the Recovery & Relocation efforts of displaced individuals with a laundry and/or linen donation. There will be a great demand for those items during the Recovery & Relocation phase.
TECNI QUIP / Clean Cycle Systems is keeping a pulse on how to coordinate supplies for this upcoming relocation phase. On behalf of my fellow Texans, I welcome any assistance from the industry. Please contact me at 800-826-1245 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you in advance for helping many families rebuild their lives.
Photo Courtesy of the American Red Cross