Dear Tempor readers, as a Houston-based publication, we have the fortune to report that we are safe and dry. The recent floods caused by Hurricane Harvey did not damage our building, and our photography equipment and inventory of magazines are completely safe. However, many people in our community are suffering and in need of your support.
Our local meteorologists from Space City Weather warned us last week that a weather system was going to hit close to home, and that several days of rain were ahead of us. What started as a tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico, landed on the central coast of Texas by Friday, August 25th, 2017, as a category four hurricane—affecting the areas of Rockport, Port Aransas, and Corpus Christi.
Harvey—which then downgraded into a tropical storm—started to move east and hovered over the greater Houston area for five days with non-stop rain, causing devastating flooding, and affecting homes, businesses, and public spaces throughout the city. Thousands of people have been rescued and evacuated on boats, trucks and even jet-skis by first-responders and volunteers.
Now that the sun is out, the amount of empathy and willingness to help each other is apparent everywhere we go. People of all ages are volunteering in an effort to help those in need at the convention center, churches, nursing homes, and schools. Local organizations like Fresh Arts, The State Bar of Texas, and United Way of Greater Houston, just to name a few, are providing support and guidance to those affected by the flood.
Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and is now accepting tax deductible donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund is housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Other organizations accepting donations include The Houston Food Bank, Houston Flood Relief Fund organized by JJ Watt, the Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe, and of course, The American Red Cross. Additionally, Houston-based Avenue CDC is accepting donations to rebuild our community, and numerous families are opening their doors to accommodate those in need via Airbnb.
If you are able to help, please do it. It will take a while for our city to get back on track, but with a population of six and a half million people, we hope to build a safer and better Houston for everyone to enjoy and thrive. To learn more and help with the recovering efforts, please visit The City of Houston Emergency Information Center.
We thank you for your solidarity. If you live in the area and need help, please let us know.
Jenny Lynn & Scott
Co-Publishers of Tempor
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Managing Editor & Art Director