Update: Portlight Responding to Hurricane Harvey

Greetings, Friends:
Hurricane Harvey made landfall late Friday night as a Category 4 storm, between Port Aransas and Port O’Connor, was a Category 1 by mid-morning Saturday, packing winds of 80 mph as it plodded northwest at 6 mph. Coastal cities remain in danger of a potentially deadly 13-foot storm surge.
Additionally, prolonged heavy rain is likely for the affected areas and will persist into mid- week. It is likely some areas will see 10-20 inches of rain, with some spots getting over 40″.

We need your help!! The flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey will leave many people stranded and already our Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies Disability Hotline (800) 626-4959 is receiving urgent requests for assistance for people with disabilities and older adults. We’re rallying stakeholders and working together to help get people to safety, and providing for any immediate needs they may have for durable medical equipment and other assistive technology, responding to evacuation and sheltering issues and problem-solving for a variety of immediate disability accessibility issues. 

We are already hearing from people being turned away from shelters, denied sign language interpreters and many of the same issues we’ve heard throughout past disasters. 

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

Portlight Strategies