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Even as water receded, the Houston Fire Department conducted rescue operations in Meyerland. Photo courtesy of Nomi Solomon.

Disaster and Dedication: The Story of Meyerland’s Jewish Community

By Anna Mayzenberg Meyerland grew rapidly from its beginnings in 1955. Homes, such as this one on Valkeith Drive (1960), frequently sold before construction was completed. Photo courtesy of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library. In the mid-1950s, the 1,200-acre Meyerland subdivision promised to be a new suburban haven for middle- and upper-class […]

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Using social media to locate those in need and dispatch volunteers to assist them, Mrs. Gitty Francis (far right), along with her volunteer staff, ran the Hurricane Harvey relief operations of Chabad-Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish movement with a focus on outreach activities.
Photo courtesy of Chabad of Texas Archive.

Connecting Through Chaos: How Social Media Platforms Helped Save Lives

By Syed Shahzeb Ayaz Using social media to locate those in need and dispatch volunteers to assist them, Mrs. Gitty Francis (far right), along with her volunteer staff, ran the Hurricane Harvey relief operations of Chabad-Lubavitch, a worldwide Jewish movement with a focus on outreach activities. Photo courtesy of Chabad of Texas Archive. During catastrophes, […]

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Houston’s Democratic Socialists of America chapter came together to help Houstonians after Hurricane Harvey. The volunteers helped out in people’s homes and raised money, which they used for cash cards to help those in need.
All photos courtesy of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America Facebook Group unless otherwise noted.

Activism After Harvey: The Democratic Socialists of America Respond

By Christopher Kessinger Houston’s Democratic Socialists of America chapter came together to help Houstonians after Hurricane Harvey. The volunteers helped out in people’s homes and raised money, which they used for cash cards to help those in need. Photos courtesy of the Houston Democratic Socialists of America Facebook Group. Before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, Houston […]

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Beyond Social Justice: Black Lives Matter and Houston Relief Efforts

By Christopher Kessinger Brandi Holmes and Secunda Joseph spoke to Houston History about what motivated them to help those in need during Hurricane Harvey. Photo courtesy of Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey. Activists with Black Lives Matter-Houston and Project Curate, Brandi Holmes and Secunda Joseph formulated their own responses to Hurricane Harvey. The two began […]

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Water rose around Wayne Wilden’s hundred-year-old warehouse, now converted to apartments, during Hurricane Harvey. The stairs leading up to the Starry Night-inspired façade are completely submerged.
Photo courtesy of Wayne Wilden.

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth: Hurricane Harvey Through the Eyes of Houstonians

By Andrew Davis The scale of Hurricane Harvey was unfathomable. Between the nationwide volunteer efforts, the overtaxed first responders, the drone footage of I-10 looking like the Mighty Mississippi, and the sense that it affected everyone, the storm’s vast impact remains incomprehensible. Reflecting on those heady days, one of the best ways to understand what […]

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Helping Hands and the Challenges of Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

Helping Hands and the Challenges of Recovery from Hurricane Harvey

By Sandra Tzul Houstonians found ways to ensure their neighbors got what they needed by cruising neighborhoods with supplies. Photo courtesy of Debbie Z. Harwell. As Houstonians rode out Hurricane Harvey the most devastating storm in Houston’s history recovery weighed heavily on their minds. Rains pounded the area in late August 2017, as residents witnessed […]

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Within a few days of opening the shelter, a Federal Medical Station from the Strategic National Stockpile was set up in GRB to accommodate patients
with acute medical needs.  Photo courtesy of the Center for Disease Control

Adapting a Plan: The City of Houston’s Emergency Shelter During Hurricane Harvey

By Christina Shibu Houston Fire Department EMTs administer aid to a Hurricane Harvey evacuee in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center shelter. Emergency medical personnel and doctors treated patients for many different issues from dehydration to mental health issues and chronic illnesses. Photo courtesy of Diana J. Rodriguez. One week in the latter […]

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As recovery from the storm began, Houstonians found solace in each other. Linda Vogel (second from right) assisted many in her Kingwood community through caring and
outreach.
Photo courtesy of Linda Vogel.

Mental Health in the Wake of Hurricane Harvey

By Andrew Tello As recovery from the storm began, Houstonians found solace in each other. Linda Vogel (second from right) assisted many in her Kingwood community through caring and outreach. Photo courtesy of Linda Vogel. When a hurricane strikes, those caught in its path often feel powerless to do little else but weather the storm. […]

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