Late on Friday 25th of August, Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal towns of Texas as a Category 4 storm, packing winds of over 130 mph (210 kmph) and storm surges up to 13 feet (4m), which damaged and destroyed thousands of homes. Since then, the storm has stalled over Houston, dumping over 20 inches of rain - or half of the annual average rainfall over the flood-prone city, submerging 2.3 million inhabitants and their homes.
Drawing on close to two decades of humanitarian responses in 41 countries, including in 11 US States dating back to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, IsraAID will deploy a team to implement a multi-focused, two-stage response in Texas, focused on (1) Emergency Relief and Psychosocial Trauma Support, and (2) Debris Removal:
The immediate response is a crucial part of preventing long-term devastation among the affected communities. Beyond the initial tragedy and destruction, long-term trauma can have a debilitating effect for a population. In addition to the immediate response IsraAID will also aim to build the resilience of the local community and if necessary provide capacity-building.