Long after the news cameras leave and media coverage dwindles, families will often spend an additional year or longer rebuilding their homes and lives.
There are three phases of disaster response, but some may only be familiar with the first two.
1. Rescue – led by first responders such as law enforcement and fire departments
2. Relief – addresses the immediate and temporary needs of those affected by a natural disaster (shelter, food, clothing, and house cleanup) and provided by agencies such as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army
3. Recovery / Long-Term Case Management- the long term process of adapting to a ‘new normal’. This usually takes more than one year.
Our volunteers offer support in two ways – canvassing and cleanup. Check out our volunteer opportunities here
BakerRipley has committed to supporting 17,000 families affected by the flood. We salute The Walmart Foundation for providing generous in-kind and financial support of our disaster relief efforts. Disaster recovery is a collaborative effort led by the many community and faith based agencies in the region including the Greater Houston Storm Recovery Network, Volunteer Organizations Active in a Disaster, and the Greater Houston Long Term Recovery Committee.