Greetings, Friends:

Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm, but has stalled over the Metro Houston area, bringing as much as 23 inches of rain in the 24 hour period between early evening Saturday and early Sunday evening.

Additionally, prolonged heavy rain is forecasted over the flooded areas and will persist into mid-week. It is likely some areas will see 10-20 more inches of rain, with some spots getting as much as 50″. It is also possible that Harvey may have a second landfall. The National Weather Service tweeted that “This event is unprecedented & all impacts are unknown & beyond anything experienced.”

The flooding has already left thousands of people stranded in their waterfilled homes with many still waiting for water rescue as the water continues to rise.

Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Hurricane Harvey Disability Hotline(800) 626-4959 has received over 100 urgent requests for assistance for people with disabilities and older adults. We’re working with TX government, FEMA and disability organizations from across the country to address the lifesaving needs of callers. We are rallying stakeholders by working together to help get people to safety, provide for any immediate needs they may have for disability related accommodations, durable medical equipment and other assistive technology, responding to evacuation and sheltering issues and problem-solving for a variety of immediate disability accessibility issues.

Portlight Strategies and the Partnership are providing technical assistance and guidance to prevent disaster survivors from being turned away from shelters, denied sign language interpreters, denied their civil rights, inappropriate institutionalization and experiencing many of the same issues as in past disasters.

WE NEED YOUR HELP!! We hope you’ll consider supporting Portlight and the Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Hurricane Harvey Disability Hotline. Please share this email with friends and family who may also want to help.

The days ahead will require a tremendous effort to support children and adults with disabilities to maintain their health and independence. Portlight has been leading disability inclusive disaster response and recovery initiatives for many years and we are more capable than ever before.

Nothing we do is possible without you, and as always, we’re eternally grateful for your continued support!!!

Please click below to go to the Portlight webpage and make a donation:

Thanks for your support,

Portlight Strategies