Hurricanes and tropical storms are a reality for residents of the US Gulf Coast. From Corpus Christi, Texas, to employee contact list Naples, FL, August and September have become synonymous with torrential rains and high winds. But no matter how often severe weather hits this area, it never becomes routine; family members are separated, longtime residents are displaced from their homes, irreplaceable possessions are destroyed and entire lives are upended by the employee contact list unpredictable natural disasters. In late summer 2017, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused countless scenes of heartbreaking devastation like this. In these difficult times.
Simple human contact can be powerful and invigorating for survivors. Few people have understood this as well as Chris Harper, vice president of communications at The Arbor Company, an Atlanta-based company that manages seniors' communities in the employee contact list Gulf Coast region of Texas and Florida. When Hurricane Harvey began rolling into Southeast Texas and floodwaters began to rise in Houston, evacuation orders were received for one of Arbor Company's retirement communities in the suburbs of the city. It was a dramatic scene straight out of a movie, with police and volunteers assembling a "Cajun navy" of private boats to employee contact list evacuate the remaining elderly people.
“We had about 120 people in the building at the time, and some of them had already been evacuated by friends and family,” Harper explained. "And because it was this last-minute mandatory evacuation, and because FEMA was in charge of the employee contact list operation, our residents were being sorted at the pickup location and sent to different shelters in the Houston area. " Travel soon became impossible due to employee contact list widespread flooding, and landline and internet services were spotty or non-existent throughout the Houston metro area. For more than a week, 148,000 Houstonians were without phones or internet service, with flooding and storms destroying at least 17 emergency call centers and 320 cell sites.