Nearly one year later, community leaders, public servants, and everyday Houstonians reflect on Hurricane Harvey and how the storm changed their lives – from the way they define community to how they envision their future and the future of Houston. On the verge of another hurricane season, people share personal stories of coming together, survival and transformation.
Phil Bedient + Jim Blackburn
Rice University professors Phil Bedient and Jim Blackburn view Hurricane Harvey as a pivotal event for Houston – a wake-up call to rethink our relationship with nature and our understanding of climate change; and an opportunity to implement changes that will make the region more resilient to future storms.
Part 10 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.
Jennifer & Briana Blake + Zaragoza “Trey” Salinas
Jennifer Blake’s daughter Briana has special needs and specialized medical equipment since a car accident left her paralyzed. As flood waters rose, Jennifer, her family and their caregiver Trey stayed on the move - keeping one step ahead of the rising water.
Part 9 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.
Pastor Tony Pittman + Porfirio ‘Pilo’ Deleon
After Harvey, Pastor Tony Pittman organized a team of volunteers to distribute food and materials in the South Houston neighborhood around his church. As immediate needs were met, the Pastor’s mission evolved into one that helped families rebuild. Along the way, Pastor Tony met Pilo Deleon and his family, including an inspiring child who is fighting cancer.
Part 8 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.
Teacher Erica Kang + Student Bitia Alanis
During the storm, Houstonians came together to help one another and discovered the real meaning of community. When Erica Kang, a teacher at Houston’s Yes Prep Southeast campus, discovered that one of her students was still living in a home that had been flooded but not yet repaired, she invited the student’s entire family to move in with her and her fiancé.
Part 7 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.
Jonathan Beitler + Melissa Lee
Immediately after the flood, people across Houston gathered to distribute food and supplies. Jonathan Beitler and the Midtown Kitchen Collective in Houston worked with Melissa Lee in Beaumont/Port Arthur to deliver meals to displaced people, first responders, and the National Guard throughout Southeast Texas.
Part 6 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.
Chief Art Acevedo + Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez were both new to their roles as the region’s top law enforcement officials when the storm hit. Without missing a beat, they worked as a team to keep order in the midst of destruction. They were instrumental in letting Houston’s large immigrant community know that help was available to all, including undocumented families.
Part 5 of 10-part series, "Stories from the Storm". More at houstonpublicmedia.org/harvey.