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16 Jul, 2024
“We’re here for you, Harris County”: Community leaders provide resources to residents affected by Hurricane Beryl
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“We’re here for you, Harris County”: Community leaders provide resources to residents affected by Hurricane Beryl

HOUSTON – Local and federal leaders gathered at the Belen Community Center in Harris County District 4 to address the urgent needs of more than 1.3 million residents left without power during a scorching heatwave following Hurricane Beryl.

Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones began the press conference by highlighting collaborative efforts to secure additional funding and resources for communities impacted by Hurricane Beryl.

“We are grateful for partners like the Houston Food Bank,” Briones said.

Although Mayor Whitmire was unable to attend, Briones thanked him and the City of Houston for their commitment to working with county, state and federal governments.

“We are here at the Belen Community Center, one of our five refreshment centers in Harris County District 4, serving as a lifeline to families in need,” Briones continued. “With over 125 individuals already receiving services from the center, the need for relief was clear. No questions asked, everyone is welcome here.”

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher also echoed the sentiments of gratitude and collaboration.

“Commissioner Briones, your leadership and partnership exemplify true servant leadership,” Fletcher said.

Highlighting the importance of federal resources, Congresswoman Fletcher shared updates on the federal disaster declaration approved by President Biden, which will unlock critical resources for the region.

“We have FEMA on the ground and are working closely with state leaders to ensure a coordinated response,” Fletcher said.

By encouraging residents to document their losses and use resources like disasterassistance.gov, the congresswoman stressed the importance of preparedness and long-term solutions.

Representative Jean Wu was also present, speaking about community spirit during crises.

“Houston is at its best when the world is at its worst,” he said. Acknowledging the tireless efforts of neighbors, first responders and elected officials, Wu stressed the immediate need to survive and exercise caution during the heat wave.

“Call all your friends and family members. Make sure they know about cooling centers and safe spaces,” Wu urged. “Don’t put your health at risk; seek shelter and support.”

Brian Green, president of the Houston Food Bank, pointed to the vast network of 50 emergency relief sites.

“We are here to help households in difficulty, ensuring that they can get back on their feet as quickly as possible,” he said.

Green asked residents to contact United Way 211 services if essential resources are needed.

“We are working at all levels of government and with partner organizations to ensure your needs are met today and in the future,” Briones said. Urging residents to utilize cooling centers and stay connected, the message was clear: “We are here for you, Harris County.”

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