HBAs, Members Prepare for Hurricane Irma

Filed in Disaster Response by on September 8, 2017 0 Comments

This post has been updated.

As Hurricane Irma ground north toward South Carolina and Alabama this morning, families who had not been ordered to evacuate – or who were not riding out the storm with friends or relatives outside the hurricane’s path – were continuing to stockpile water, food, batteries and other necessities to get them through the coming days.

NAHB members are already stepping in as well: NAHB Field Representatives reported stories of thoughtful good Samaritans helping their neighbors, like Adonel Concrete president Luis Garcia of the HBA of Greater Miami, who as the hurricane loomed on Friday was helping the community stock up on free sandbags.

The Region 4 office of the Environmental Protection Agency reached out to the state HBA in Florida to discuss response plans and other agencies are also writing and distributing updates.

Florida HBAs are encouraging their members to register their businesses with the Disaster Contractors Network.

As Irma leaves Florida, the impact of the storm remained uncertain: Power was out for more than half the state’s families and residents and businesses were just beginning to assess the damage.

A reminder that NAHB has two important webpages to help HBAs, their members and consumers prepare for and respond to natural disasters:

NAHB will continue to update information as the specific needs of our HBAs and families in the affected areas become clear and members continue to seek places to donate their money, materials and time.

In the meantime, Charity Navigator has published a list of reputable non-profits that already have set up Hurricane Irma donation sites.

More information on how to help and manage in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma can be found below:

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