When Ronnie Devries realized how many Houston residents were in need following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, he knew he could help. With experience as the volunteer coordinator, Ronnie helped create a makeshift command center at Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center – which quickly became a shelter for thousands of residents displaced by the storm. Working overnight, he helped set up a system for volunteer coordination to ensure volunteers were matched with all aspects of shelter operations.
Disaster Response & Recovery
As Hurricane Harvey moved across Texas, causing massive flooding and damage, AmeriCorps Alums partnered with the American Red Cross to mobilize skills-based volunteers from the organization's national service alumni network – specifically those who have served with FEMA Corps or NCCC, had experience with disaster response, and who could travel to Texas to assist with immediate recovery. Volunteers, like AmeriCorps alum Lindsey Earl, quickly responded and helped provide on-the-ground support in Houston.
As Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico face the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, Diana O'Neill, executive director of Long Island Volunteer Center, shares lessons learned and reflections on recovery after Superstorm Sandy — and how volunteers can help in disaster-affected areas today.
Hurricane Harvey is the first major hurricane to strike the United States since the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which saw such devastating storms as Katrina and Wilma. Points of Light is currently supporting first responder organizations, and coordinating with our affiliates and partner organizations in the affected areas. If you would like to support the recovery effort, here’s what you can do now to help