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8-31-17

Texas Updates from the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office ~ Division of Emergency Management
 

Submitted by Kimberly Thomas, Emergency Management Asst. Director



Per the Texas Sheriffs’ Association, as well as officials on the ground.  At this time Texas is still in the recovery response mode. We have confirmed through National Organizations and through the State of Florida EOC, that at this time areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey have yet to identify any items needed, nor do they have the resources to receive, organize and distribute said items.

As of now the shelters are over run with clothing, water and other supplies.

The State of Florida and Volunteer Florida encourages all Floridians to consider the “3 C’s” to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

· Cash: Financial support to established relief organizations is always the most immediate, useful, and versatile way to give. Financial assistance allows relief organizations to meet urgent needs quickly and it supports their local economy. When donating monetarily always ear mark for specific storm “Hurricane Harvey Relief” (i.e. Tropical Storm Debby Relief, Disaster Relief, etc.”) This is a way to ensure this dollar for dollar donation goes to meet the needs of the survivors.

Confirm: Confirm there is a need before collecting or sending donated items. Volunteer Florida encourages cash donations to disaster relief organizations. This link https://www.nvoad.org/  will provide a list of several National organizations allowing you to choose from a list of reputable sources.

Connect: Volunteers are a critical part of a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response, but potential volunteers should confirm that they are needed before traveling to impacted areas – do not self-deploy. If you wish to volunteer your time please contact Volunteer Florida Erin VanSickle via email at evansickle@volunteerflorida.org  They are asking that no one self-deploy. Spontaneous responses can create additional problems and issues for them. They are relying on mutual-aid agreements for initial assistance and have contingencies for bringing additional needed resources in an organized manner under EMAC.

Another great source to assist, is to purchase gift cards (to major outlet sources Dollar General, Wal-Mart, etc.) and money cards. On the money/gift cards make the dollar amount visible.

Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free contact our office at 386.364.3405