Volunteers flock to help families hit by Hurricane Harvey
United States of America / Freedom for Health / 19 sep 2017
When Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc in Woodlands, just north of Houston, Texas, in August, volunteers were quick to arrive to offer help. No one had sent them, and no one was paying them, but citizens flocked to offer aid to those who had been displaced or hurt in the violent storms.
At least eight people died, and 120,000 were left without electricity, when the hurricane tore through the neighbourhood. But within hours, over 100 volunteers had arrived at the scene, offering help in the form of boats, wetsuits, food and life jackets. One man even brought an inflatable pool in which he put household goods to be transported to safety. In fact, of the seven boats ferrying people – and pets - to dry land, only two belonged to the fire department.
John Brown, a metalworker who left his own flooded home to help others, brought his fishing boat to help the rescue effort. ‘I think it’s beautiful, everybody coming together to do this’, he said.