Hurrican Harvey Aftermath
Thousands of homes were flooded by the storm in mid-August and now thousands of people are displaced until they can get their homes fixed.
The damage is horrific. It is now a little over a month after the storm, and although most of the water has been removed from the homes, mold is growing exponentially. It is so strong that one can actually smell it from the street. [Mold has detrimental effects on the human body and provides an unliveable environment.]
When a home becomes saturated with water, such as the case here in Houston and other cities affected my Harvey, when there is no ventilation or good clean out of the home and moisture is present, mold begins to grow. Mold can lead to health risk which include allegic reations, asthma and other respiratory complaints. Unfortunately, there is no way to elimate all mold and mold spores, however it can be controlled by controlling the moisture. Mold cleanup procedures, which is what we do, are dependent on the extent of contamination. Porous or absorbant surfaces, such as cloth, ceiling tiles, sheetroock, carpets, etc... may have to be discarded if they beome moldy.
With your help we can get teams of volunteers out to the sites in Texas to help begin the process of gutting homes so that the displaced can start rebuilding, and have their homes back.
Money raised for this effort will be used for tools, food for the volunteers, gas and transportation. This initiative will be ongoing until there are no more houses to gut or until the month December, which ever one comes first.
Speaking to some of the survivors as we were gutting their homes touched my heart. They were broken because they lost everything. The streets of Houston are filled with furniture, clothes and debris. Despite all of that, these people still have hope, and are so grateful that someone cares enough to help a stranger in need. I, Karen Rampersad, and 1 Purpose will forever be grateful for your help!