Good morning ASSE members, As you know, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey continue to be a threat to millions of residents of southeast Texas and parts of Louisiana. Rain totals being measured in feet have caused dangerous flooding throughout Houston and many other communities, with the forecast calling for continued torrential rains for the next several days. Our ASSE family is personally impacted as we have 2,570 members in southeast Texas and 850 members in southern Louisiana. Our thoughts are with all of these members and their families as we hope they remain safe and healthy. Getting help to these areas will be challenging for some time, but the American Red Cross is working around the clock to provide safe shelter and comfort for the vast number of people impacted by this disaster. ASSE members nationwide should know that financial donations to the Red Cross are the best way to help during this crisis. Donations enable the Red Cross to provide a variety of key services, using its resources where they are needed most urgently. Contributions can be made in three convenient ways…
- Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
- Donate online by visiting redcross.org.
- Donate by phone by calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
According to the Red Cross website, millions of people face flash flood warnings, including the entire Houston metro area which is under a flash flood emergency. There are reports of people stranded in their homes, and water rescues are ongoing. Roads are flooded, rail lines are shut down, some airports and hospitals are closed, and hundreds of thousands of residents have no power. Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers from across the United States are currently on the ground assisting people in need. The Red Cross Emergency App is available for your smartphone, with a “Family Safe” feature that allows people to check on loved ones and instantly see if they are okay, even if that loved one hasn’t downloaded the Emergency App on their device. Alerts via the app provide people with real-time information so they can better protect themselves and their families.
Thank you to all ASSE members who are able to assist rescue and recovery efforts by making a financial donation this week to the Red Cross. Donations of any size are greatly appreciated! Lastly, please review these Flood Safety Tips, which are always a good refresher no matter how many times you’ve experienced flooding in your area:
- If you must drive and encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and go another way.
- If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising, get out of the car and move to higher ground. Most cars can be swept away by less than two feet of moving water.
- Head for higher ground and stay there.
- Stay away from floodwaters, and never enter a flowing stream where the water is above your ankles.
- Keep curious children out of the water.
- Be especially cautious at night when it’s harder to see flood dangers.
- Listen to local radio, NOAA radio or TV stations for the latest updates.
- If your neighborhood is prone to flooding, be prepared to evacuate quickly if necessary.
- Follow evacuation orders and do not attempt to return until officials say it is safe to do so.
Jim Smith, M.S., CSP 2017-18 ASSE President
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