In the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

At ECPR, we’re proud to work with clients who see the value of giving back to their community. So, when Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast, many of them were quick to figure out how they could provide support to families affected by the storm.

To help with rebuilding efforts, our friends at Texas Mutual pledged $10 million in grants to policyholders affected by Hurricane Harvey. The grants are helping businesses and employees get back to work safely and quickly.

In addition, Texas Mutual announced several ways in which the company was supporting both employees and policyholders affected by Harvey, including providing grace periods for payment due dates and suspending policy cancellations for those impacted by the hurricane. Texas Mutual also partnered with the Austin Disaster Relief Network to get important supplies to evacuees in need.

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Our friends at Google launched an SOS alert for the hurricane that featured the latest news, resources and ways to help. The Harvey Crisis Map included important shelter, road closure and weather information. In addition, the company announced a donation of $500,000 to support organizations working with impacted communities. Google also pledged to match the first $500,000 made during the Harvey Can’t Mess with Texas concert on September 22.

In addition to treating many patients affected by Hurricane Harvey, St. David’s HealthCare received patient transfers from hospitals in impacted areas. As part of these efforts, St. David’s HealthCare sent its neonatal transport team to Houston to evacuate several critically ill infants and transport them to St. David’s Medical Center’s NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) for care. Additionally, approximately 400 members of St. David’s HealthCare’s leadership team filled 500 backpacks with toiletries (toothbrushes, tooth paste, etc.)—as well as coloring books, crayons, puzzles, and new or gently used books—to donate to children in shelters.

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Our friends at the Texas Access to Justice Foundation announced the creation of a new fund to support free legal services in the aftermath of the hurricane. As they rebuild their lives, victims of Hurricane Harvey are faced with many legal issues including replacing important documents and applying for disaster benefits. The Hurricane Harvey Legal Aid Fund supports the work of free legal aid attorneys throughout the state who will work with survivors to rebuild their lives.

And finally, the Texas Methodist Foundation donated $200,000 to disaster relief efforts, with $100,000 donations made to both the Rio Texas Conference and the Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. TMF lowered interest rates for churches and organizations that have current loans with them and are located in counties included in the statewide disaster declaration. Additionally, the organization announced a goal of $50 million in new funds for the Methodist Loan Fund, a program that provides competitive loans for United Methodist churches in Texas and New Mexico looking to create or expand ministries in their communities.

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