I grew up in Houston, TX though I have not lived there in a long time. I still consider Houston my hometown. When Allison hit in 2001, my house flooded. I read an article saying that 80% of the homes flooded would not be insured by flood insurance. Homeowners are only required to buy flood insurance in certain flood zones. This is if FEMA deems your home having a 1% or greater chance of flooding each year. Hurricane Harvey has flooded many homes that are not within a flood zone.
When Allison hit, it was a once in 500 year event. Now Harvey hits the same area 16 years later. As you can imagine this is a devastating event, and you really cannot imagine what it is like. It is sort of like having your first child. Nothing can describe the feelings and emotions you go through.
Everyone is effected
When something like this happens, we see how our economy is intertwined. Wherever you are located, you definitely noticed the increased gas prices. I still live in Texas, and we are having rumors of shortages.
The rumor of a gas shortage was supposedly untrue, but the people believed it so they went out and bought all the gas. Now, there actually is a gas shortage thanks to panic buying. This is how powerful the madness of crowds can be.
How you can help out Harvey victims
There are many charities teaming up to help out Hurricane Harvey victim. This is a list of reputable Hurricane Harvey related charities:
Every little bit helps these people. If you think about floods, many people think that insurance will cover it. Insurance does not cover floods unless you have flood insurance. You may think that you have flood insurance now, but it is likely that you do not. If you own a home, and you are unsure then I would double check. No one can predict when flooding will happen.
I am sure some regions are safe, but you never know what mother nature has in store for man kind. Even in Houston, flood insurance is only $500 a year or so.
Thank you for reading this blog. This is generally focused on small business. We try to help small businesses grow their revenue. My extended family still lives in Houston, so I wanted to write something on this disaster that happened.
There are people that need help. The rebuilding of Houston will take a long time. From an entrepreneurial stand point, if you want to help, you can advertise that all sales for the next 90 days will include a donation to Hurricane Harvey victims. 10% of every order will go toward Hurricane Harvey relief. This is a way you can help give back while still helping your business as well.
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