Hurricane Harvey, devastated the Texas Coastline on Friday. Harvey, the first Category 4 hurricane to make landfall since Hurricane Charley in 2004, battered Houston with unrelenting rains and left the city contending with unparalleled flooding. Rescue and recovery efforts are ongoing in Texas, and the full impact of Hurricane Harvey will likely take months if not years to measure. Early estimates right now are that damage repair costs from Hurricane Harvey will hit $160 billion, making it the costliest natural disaster in U.S. History.
Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane in history, followed closely behind, causing significant flooding and damage in the states of Florida and Georgia as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is the first time in recorded U.S. history that two category 4 hurricanes made landfall in the same year. Given the close proximity of these two hurricanes, assistance is needed now more than ever. Whether you’re local to the areas affected by these storms or elsewhere in the nation ,there are several ways to assist those in need. If you are interested in helping with rescue efforts, providing shelter and supplies, making a donation, giving blood or volunteering your time, please review the links below regarding those options. In addition, be sure review the helpful tips posted by Office of Monmouth County’s Prosecutor concerning safe giving. Here are a couple:
• Be cautious when handling any e-mail with a subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, or any other current disaster, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Do not follow unsolicited web links in email messages.
• Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Use caution when opening email attachments. Refer to the tipsheet from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Using Caution with Email Attachments for more information on safely handling email attachments.
Prosecutor Office Staff Disaster Relief Fund
The Texas District and County Attorney’s Foundation has created a disaster relief fund to support the prosecutor office staff who have suffered loss in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. One hundred percent of the tax-deductible gifts will go to help the victims recover from this devastating event. For more information, call Rob Kepple, Executive Director of the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association at (512) 474-2436.