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hurricane harvey | August 23, 2018

After the Rains Came: Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

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When Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston one year ago, residents of the fourth most populous state in the U.S. had little idea they would soon make history. Harvey was a Category 4 storm that caused $125 billion in damage and is the second largest natural disaster in US history behind Hurricane Katrina.

Overnight, thousands of lives were upended when over four feet of rain fell on the area. Disastrous flooding forced 37,000 people out of their homes and into shelters. For those living in shelters, MAP International provided Disaster Health Kits (DHK) to serve those in need.

In the aftermath of the storm, lives were torn apart. Flood waters, mold and loose debris posed serious health threats for many people affected by this tragedy.

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So many angels rose up to help those affected by Harvey.

Thanks to compassionate donors like you, MAP International responded with more than $1 million in relief supplies. 

MAP’s work in Houston would not have been possible without the dedication of our partner teams including Convoy of Hope, Project Hope, San Jose Medical Clinic, Grace Church of Humble, Texas and Stonebridge Church of The Woodlands.  These partners helped MAP deliver medicines and health supplies needed during this critical time.

An estimated 18,000 Texans living in temporary shelters and tent communities across the city benefitted from Johnson & Johnson Medical Mission Packs provided by MAP. These medical mission packs contained high-quality medical supplies providing much-needed treatment for people requiring immediate attention.    

HurricaneHarveyPhoto1MAP’s work in the aftermath of the storm continued long after the news coverage ended. As residents continued the clean-up and began the painful process of restoring their homes, MAP provided 2,000 additional hygiene kits. These were included within a large 40-foot truckload of general relief supplies that were sent to residents just when they thought they had been forgotten.

Today in Hawaii, another storm threatens to disrupt lives. In India and Bangladesh, flooding is wreaking havoc for people as it did for the people of Texas a year ago. And, the Atlantic hurricane season is only beginning to heat up.

We pray that more disasters will be few and far between and the people caught up in these events will experience God’s grace along the way. As believers, we know our calling is to be prepared to share God’s love.  With your help, MAP is prepositioning medicines and health supplies in preparation for our moment of service whether it's within the Atlantic basin, or other areas of the world affected by disasters.

Join us as we continue to prepare for disasters we know will come. We helped the residents of Houston; with your support MAP will be prepared to do it again.

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