After the Rains Came: Hurricane Harvey One Year Later

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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Responding to Neighbors in Need After Hurricane Harvey

Houston resident Brent Flaskamp and his family were among the fortunate ones. Relatively unscathed by Hurricane Harvey, they soon realized how small a margin separated them from those who lost everything.

“Our church and neighborhood were untouched. But just a mile away, in a low-lying and low income neighborhood, houses were totally flooded,” he says.

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A Greater Portion of Grace - Harvey Relief Update


Since the flooding began, our team from Grace Church of Humble, Texas has been working 12-14 hour days coordinating up to 3,000 meals a day for people in the hardest hit communities. Our local church even served as a shelter for four days.

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When Disaster Hits Home

As a MAP board member, I’ve had the privilege of seeing how MAP responds to disasters.On a visit to Haiti in August I saw how MAP helped respond to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew a year ago and how MAP’s partners on the ground were helping those affected rebuild their lives.

Just two weeks after returning from Haiti to my home in Houston, I found myself in the middle of another disaster zone caused by Hurricane Harvey. While my own home was spared, many in my community were devastated. As members of my church began to respond to the needs around us I realized some of the lessons of dealing with disasters.

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