#Preparedness Tool – Emergency Contact Lists

This past year there were several instances of 911 systems becoming non-operational, rendering citizens vulnerable in the event of an emergency. Before the 911 system was created how individuals reached out for help was by contacting their local Fire and Police Departments directly who would then dispatch a unit to the location where assistance was needed. 

The recent CenturyLink 911 outage created an internal discussion of the vulnerabilities this outage caused and how to take some old style precautions! To help individuals prepare for future service disruptions a CEDR volunteer created an Important Emergency Contact List printout that you can download and post inside a Kitchen cabinet or on your refrigerator door.   Use the bullet to download and print this pdf

Additional uses for this printout:
– Keep a copy in each of your: Go Bags
– Keep a copy in your medicine cabinet with tel # of poison control center’
– Provide grandparents or caregivers with a hardcopy

We hope this inspires you and your family members to get prepared for any emergency in 2019! 

Resources for Supporting Children After a Disaster

Resources for Supporting Children After a Disaster

At CEDR we care deeply about supporting the resilience of communities impacted by disasters. We have found there are two critical areas in which communities need the greatest support in the first few days of the recovery process, after a natural disaster:   (a) Guidance with basic information about the recovery process, including how to get support for their basic needs. [Information covering this area will be posted on a separate page tomorrow]; (b) Support and guidance on how to help children after a disaster. To that end, we have created this resource page to help parents, teachers and caregivers, support children after a disaster.

How to Help Children Cope After a Disaster

The resources below have been separated  into several age-specific resources:

How Big Bird and Sesame Street residents Get Through a Storm

Video courtesy of Sesame Street. Through the link below you can find ways of discussing with children their feelings and concerns about the hurricane and recovery process. https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/topics/emergency-preparedness/?activity=sesame-street-gets-storm

Here are other resources for talking to your children about Hurricane Florence and its impact:

Guides for Teachers/Educational Staff on how to support children after a disaster The link below describes common reactions students may have, and how teachers/school staff can help them through this process. https://www.nctsn.org/resources/teacher-guidelines-helping-students-after-hurricane The North Carolina Public School Forum has created a brief outline for the educational community on how to support families and help reduce trauma in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Here are a few steps to building the emotional support and safety that students need as they come back to school:

  • Stability and order​: In the aftermath of chaos and danger, students need as much structure and predictability as possible to rebuild their sense of safety. They need to know that someone is in charge, has a plan for moving forward, and will take care of them.
  • Community​: Connection to others, and the feeling of coming together to support one another, will also promote feelings of safety and empowerment, particularly when coupled with some of the concrete actions to move forward toward a family’s recovery process [Resources for this will be provided on a separate page at: https://cedrdigitalcorps.org].
  • Concrete actions​: Help students and families identify clear and concrete tasks to take small steps forward. When needs are overwhelming, help them break down tasks into small, manageable steps [with a focus on meeting basic needs first]. Cooking, cleaning, organizing materials, etc. can all help students and families to focus on immediate goals and regain control. [Resources for this will be provided on a separate page at: https://cedrdigitalcorps.org].
  • Information on stress reactions and coping skills:​

Saipan & Tinian – Critical Lifeline Recovery Reports

Nov 8th Recovery Status of Critical Lifelines

The CNM Islands of Saipan and Tinian



Additional patrols are beginning to take place to enhance security. Residents are urged to follow basic precautions and not use generators indoors and keep them 20 ft from buildings. For additional safety tips please scroll to the end. 


Saipan Water Update:
The Commonwealth Utilities Corporation (CUC) has restored 53 of 142 water wells. The functioning water wells are now operating at full capacity.

Saipan Water Only Distribution:
Free Potable Drinking Water:  Hrs: 6:30 am – Midnight – Limitations: three 5 gallon limit/family.
Free Non-potable Water:  Hrs: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm  – Limit: 100 gallons, except for Kloberville which is 50 gal.
Stations open today: Navy Hill, Kagman, Kannat Tabla, and Koblerville.

Saipan Shelter Update:
There are currently 842 individuals in 14 shelters across 2 CNMI islands. Four long-term congregate shelters being prepared to receive residents beginning today, with all displaced individuals expected to complete the transition by Nov 10th. As of 2:00 pm today, the following 3 shelters are the only ones open and accepting displaced residents:
– Tanapag Middle School
– Kagman Elementary School
– Saipan Southern High School

CNMI Tenting Program is a temporary housing solution for those eligible individuals whose home are damaged. For information on the Tenting Program, please call the following phone numbers below.  Thirtyseven Family tents were installed today in Saipan and an additional 37 have been installed in Tinian. Tenting information/application telephone lines are:
Saipan – 323-0029
Tinian – 433-1803

Tinian Water Update:
All Water Wells are now operational at the source. The Army Corp of Engineers is continuing to assist the CUC with the water pipe breaks throughout the island.

Tinian Water filling Stations:

  • Maui Water Pump Station – Hours: 1:30pm – 5:30pm – 55 gal. max/family
  • Marpo Valley Water Station – Hours: 1:30 am – 5:00 pm – 55 gal. max/family
  • Kammer Beach – Hours: 10am – 5pm – 55 gal. max/family

Please boil or treat water from filling stations before using it for baby formula, cooking or drinking. See below for instructions.

instructions on how to treat water

Tinian Food/Water Distribution locations and hours
Location: Tinian Gymnasium – Hours: 8:30am – 12noon
DPS vehicles will pick up residents at the following locations to transport them to the distribution site at 8:30am

The Distribution Transportation Shuttle has ended as more localized points of food distribution is now being arranged.
Please call 433-1803 for the location of the food/water distribution place nearest you.


Saipan Hospital and Emergency Rooms are fully operational on generator power.  The 97 bed expansion plan has been completed.  A second medical clinic has opened in Dandan Village and is operational ahead of schedule. Health & Medical Task Force visiting two villages per day to handle medical needs; Team Rubicon (NGO) began staffing medical clinics in southern Saipan

– Dialysis Center is open and is maintaining normal operating hours (Mon–Sat 5:30 AM to 8:30 PM)
– The Chest Clinic is open for half-days indefinitely from 8AM to 12PM.
– The Community Guidance Center is offering crisis counseling services near CHCC.

Tinian Health Center sustained heavy damage. Emergency Room is staffed and fully operational on generator power.


Power has been restored to a few places as the infrastructure is repaired and brought back online. As of yesterday at 2pm, 913 poles were down and damaged and there are 510 damaged transformers. Of the nine feeders, Feeder #1,  #4, and #7 are now partially online or have power. A total of 6 out of 9 power feeders are not able to be utilized and need to be replaced.  A total of 56 generators installed.

Gasoline: 12 of 19 fuel pumping stations are now operational.

Power Assessment: 754 down power poles and 9 damaged transformers. Additional crews and materials from Guam and Hawaii are expected soon.  A total of 3 temporary generators have been installed.

Mobil Oil Tinian Fuel Service is the only gas station that is operational on the island- There will be a $20 limit/car and only cash will be accepted as payment. The Mayor and Tinian Council have negotiated a lower gas price for the month of November.


CNMI: Most Banks and ATMs are functioning through generator power. Others will be reopening once repairs are made. Significant damage to cell towers throughout the islands is impacting wireless reception/communication. Telecommunications companies have begun working on restoring service.

Saipan: Currently cellular service is operating at 68% capacity, with is 41 of 60 cell towers.

Tinian: Current cell service operational capacity is at 60%. The Emergency 911 service is now fully operational and taking emergency calls.


CNMI Airports and Sea Ports: All airports/sea ports in the Marianas are now operational but only during daylight hours.  All airports are restricted to humanitarian relief efforts only. Saipan Airport’s grid power is estimated to be fully restored by Nov 17th.

Saipan and Tinian Roads – are 80% cleared.

Tinian Fuel – Gasoline is available for sale at a reduced price between 9am and
Propane and Diesel are available at Wushin. Hours: 8am – 5pm  (next to fish and wild life) They are only filling containers for household use, not cars, trucks or businesses.

Rota International Airport is open and fully functional.


Debris pick up is being scheduled. Please separate your debris as indicated in the flyer below (click to expand) otherwise it will not be picked up. Please tell your neighbors. Thank you!

Guam is sending recovery assistance to CNMI in the form of technicians and National Guard Support. Support is also arriving in the form of electrical technicians from Hawaii and other states.

The Governor of Guam has been working with federal and military partners, as well as with local agencies to extend assistance to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands to assist with their recovery efforts following Super Typhoon Yutu’s devastation.  Approximately 140 Guam Guardsmen are expected to report on Monday and begin duty on Saipan as early as Tuesday or Wednesday of this week, for approximately 60 days.

The Army Guard’s 1224th Engineer Support Company will also  assist with recovery efforts to include support of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and FEMA as the lead federal agency in support of debris clearing missions in CNMI.


– CNMI Office of the Governor via Facebook @CNMIGov;
– Office of the Mayor of Tinian and Aguiguan via Facebook @tinianmayor96952
– CNMI EOC State Warning Pt via Facebook @cnmieocswp
– Congressman Gregorio Kilili Camacho Sablan via facebook @congressmansablan
– Federal Emergency Management Agency –  FEMA.gov
– National Weather Service – weather.gov

Financial Help After Disasters/Ayuda Financiera Despues de Desastres

Fuentes de ayuda financiera luego de un desastre

Compañía aseguradora

  • Haz un reclamo si tienes seguro (de inundación, de propietario, de inquilino, automóvil, etc)

Préstamos por desastre de la SMA (Administración de Pequeños Negocios)

  • Completando la aplicación puede que le haga seleccionable para otro tipo de subsidio por parte de FEMA.
  • No tiene que aceptar un préstamo si se le ofrece.
  • No tiene que esperar a la liquidación del seguro para aplicar.
    • Residencia principal
      • Reparaciones al daño de la casa
      • Hasta $200,000
    • Propiedad personal
      • Ropa, muebles, electrodomesticos, vehiculos.
      • Hasta $40,000

Agencias de voluntarios

  • Puede que sea referido si paso por el proceso de aplicación de FEMA y todavía tiene requerimientos no solucionados.
  • Comida de emergencia, vivienda, indumentaria y necesidades médicas inmediatamente luego del desastre.


  • Registrese para asistencia al desastre:
    • www.disasterassistance.gov
    • 800-621-3362 (711/Video relay service)
    • 800-462-7585 (TTY)
    • No tiene que esperar a la liquidación del seguro para aplicar.
    • Para las pérdidas no cubiertas por el seguro
      • Gastos relacionados con la casa
        • Costos temporales de alquiler
        • Reparaciones a su casa para que sea habitable
        • Costos hacia una casa de reemplazo si la suya fue destruida
      • Gastos médicos, dentales, de cuidado de infantes o de funerales.
  • Si no califica para un préstamo, puede ser seleccionado para otro tipo de subsidios.
    • Otras necesidades
      • Propiedad personal
      • Mudanza y almacenamiento
      • Transportación.

Puede apelar si no está de acuerdo con la decisión de FEMA. Llame al 800-621-3362 para comenzar el proceso.

After a Flood / Después de Una Inundación

Qué Hacer Después de Una Inundación

Paso 1: Contacta a tu representante o agente para reportar sus pérdidas: Ten listo: El nombre de tu compañía de seguros, el número de póliza y el teléfono o la dirección de correo electrónico donde puedes ser contactado. Todas las pólizas de seguros de inundaciones requieren una notificación escrita de las pérdidas. Si te pones en contacto con tu agente o representante de la compañía directamente, ellos te informará cómo rellenar la notificación. De todos modos debes enviar una notificación escrita a tu compañía de seguros con tu número de póliza.

Paso 2: Separa tus propiedades: La póliza requiere que separas las propiedades dañadas de las que no se dañaron. No tires nada antes que una persona de la compañía lo vea, excepto que las leyes locales lo requieran. En ese caso, toma fotos de las propiedades antes de deshacerte de las mismas y recoge pruebas para que el representante las vea. (Por ejemplo, corta un trozo, de pared a pared, de la alfombra). Haz todo lo posible para proteger las propiedades no dañadas. Sin embargo antes de firmar un acuerdo/contrato con un limpiador, renovador o contratista de mantenimiento debes hablar con tu ajustador o asegurador acerca de la cobertura.

Punto 3: Haz una lista de los contenidos dañados: Si tienes cobertura de contenidos, haz una lista de lo dañado. Si realizaste una lista exhaustiva del contenido anteriormente a la inundación, esto debe ser relativamente fácil. Lista la cantidad de cada ítem, una descripción, marca, donde fue comprado, cuál fue el costo, modelo y número de serie (si aplica) y un estimado del costo perdido. Adjunta los recibos, facturas, fotos y cualquier otro documento.

Consejos Adicionales

  • Luego de la inundación, aunque tu casa parezca segura para entrar, se cuidadoso.
  • Si escuchas un siseo o hueles gas, deja la misma inmediatamente y llama a la compañía de gas. Usar tu línea telefónica o el celular dentro de la casa puede generar una explosión
  • No enciendas la electricidad hasta que un electricista haya inspeccionado el sistema.
  • Si las cañerías de desagüe y de agua están dañadas, no uses los lavabos o el baño. Llama un plomero. Hasta que no te informen que el agua es segura, hierve la misma por 5 minutos antes de tomarla o preparar alimentos.
  • Tira comida dañada por las inundaciones, incluso comida enlatada.

Centros de Recuperación de Desastres en Carolina del Norte

Centros de Recuperación de Desastres en Carolina del Norte

Se han abierto Centros de Recuperación por Desastre en varios condados de Carolina del Norte para que las personas que sufrieron pérdidas por el huracán Florence puedan obtener información y otros recursos para facilitar el proceso de la recuperación.

Los centros ofrecen apoyo en persona tanto para individuos como para negocios. Un especialista de recuperación está listo para ofrecer información sobre el proceso de solicitud de asistencia por desastre y otros tipos de programas de asistencia disponibles.

Todos los centros son completamente accesibles a las personas con discapacidad y personas que necesitan servicios de traducción.

Si usted es propietario de vivienda, inquilino, o dueño de un negocio, es importante que se inscriba para recibir asistencia de FEMA antes de visitar un centro de recuperación.

Regístrese en línea en www.DisasterAssistance.gov o llame al 1-800-621-FEMA.

Si tiene cobertura de seguro de vivienda, presente su reclamo de seguro antes de visitar un Centro de Recuperación por Desastre. Tome fotos para documentar el daño a su propiedad.


Aviso sobre la tormenta tropical Gordon número 6
Centro Nacional de Huracanes NWS Miami FL
11:00 PM EDT Lunes 03 de Septiembre 2018


UBICACIÓN: 26.2N 82.6W


La advertencia de tormenta se ha extendido hacia el este hasta Dauphin Isla, Alabama.

Una advertencia de huracán se ha emitido desde la boca del Rio Pearl a la frontera de Alabama con Florida. Esta advertencia reemplaza la Alerta de huracán y tormenta tropical para esta área.
El aviso de tormenta tropical para los Cayos Superiores de Florida y de Golden Beach a Chokoloskee, incluida Florida Bay, ha sido discontinuada.


Advertencia de tormenta para:
* Desde la Shell Beach a Dauphin Island

Visualización de tormenta para:
* Desde el oeste de Shell Beach a la desembocadura del río Mississippi
* Desde el este de la isla Dauphin a Navarra

Alerta de huracán para:
* La desembocadura del río Pearl hasta la frontera entre Alabama y Florida

Advertencia de tormenta tropical para:
* Desde Chokoloskee a Bonita Beach
* Desde el oeste de la desembocadura del río Pearl al este de Morgan City, Louisiana, incluido el lago Pontchartrain y el lago Maurepas
* Desde la frontera Alabama con Florida a la línea del condado de Okaloosa-Walton

– Una advertencia de tormenta significa que existe peligro de inundación con amenaza de vida ya que por el aumento de las aguas estas probablemente invadir tierra adentro desde la costa en los lugares indicados. Para una descripción de las áreas en riesgo, por favor ver el Gráfico de Alerta / Vigilancia de advertencias de tormenta del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional disponible en hurricanes.gov. Esta es una situación que puede poner en peligro la vida. Las personas ubicadas dentro de estas áreas deben tomar todas las medidas necesarias para proteger su vida y propiedades del aumento de agua y de otras condiciones potencialmente peligrosas. Seguir inmediatamente los pedidos de evacuación y otras instrucciones de los funcionarios locales.

– La visualización de tormenta significa que existe la posibilidad de inundación con amenaza de vida ya que por el aumento de las aguas estas pueden invadir tierra adentro desde la costa en los lugares indicados
– Una advertencia de huracán significa que se esperan condiciones de huracán en algún lugar dentro del área de advertencia. Preparaciones para proteger la vida y la propiedad deben ser realizadas inmediatamente.

– Una advertencia de tormenta tropical significa que las condiciones de tormenta tropical son
esperadas en algún lugar dentro de las áreas de advertencia.


A las 500 PM EDT (2100 UTC), el centro de la Tormenta Tropical Gordon fue localizado por los radares meteorológicos Doppler de NOAA cerca de la latitud 26.2 norte, Longitud 82.6 Oeste. Gordon se está moviendo hacia el oeste-noroeste cerca 17 mph (28 km / h) y es esperado que realice un movimiento desde el oeste-noroeste hacia el noroeste en las próximas 72 horas. El pronóstico indica que el centro de Gordon se moverá más lejos de la costa suroeste de Florida temprano esta tarde y se moverá a través del este del Golfo de México esta noche y el martes. El centro del huracán Gordon se acercará a la Costa central del Golfo dentro del área de advertencia a última hora de la tarde martes o el martes por la noche y se moverá hacia el interior sobre el valle inferior del Misisipí el miércoles.

Los vientos máximos sostenidos son de cerca de 50 mph (85 km / h) con ráfagas más altas.
Se pronostica un fortalecimiento gradual durante las próximas 36 horas y se espera que Gordon sea un huracán cuando toque tierra en la costa central del golfo

Los vientos de fuerza de tormenta tropical se extienden hasta 45 millas (75 km) desde el centro.

La presión central mínima estimada es de 1006 mb (29.71 pulgadas) basado en informes anteriores de un reconocimiento de una aeronave de la Reserva de la Fuerza Aérea.

MAREJADA CICLONICA: La combinación de la tormenta y la marea causará que las áreas normalmente secas cercanas a la costa se inunden debido al aumento de las aguas que se mueven hacia el interior desde la costa. El agua podría alcanzar las siguientes alturas sobre el suelo en algún lugar de las áreas indicadas si el pico de aumento se produce en el momento de la marea alta:

– De Shell Beach a Dauphin Island, Alabama: 3 a 5 pies.
– De Navarre, Florida a Dauphin Island, incluyendo Mobile Bay: 2 a 4 pies.
– De Shell Beach a la desembocadura del río Mississippi: 2 a 4 pies.
– De la desembocadura del río Mississippi en la frontera de Louisiana con Texas: 1 a 2 pies

El agua más profunda ocurrirá a lo largo de la costa inmediata y al este de la tormenta donde se producirá el aumento acompañado de grandes olas. Las inundaciones dependerán de la oleada y del ciclo de la marea y puede variar mucho en distancias cortas.
Para obtener información específica de su área consulte la información emitida por su oficina local de pronóstico del Servicio Meteorológico Nacional.

Se espera que Gordon produzca de 2 a 4 pulgadas de lluvia sobre el noroeste de las Bahamas, los Cayos de Florida y el sur de la Florida hasta el martes temprano. Cantidades máximas aisladas de hasta 8 pulgadas son posibles en la península del sur de Florida.
Se espera que Gordon produzca de 4 a 6 pulgadas de lluvia sobre el sur de Alabama, el sur y centro de Mississippi y el sureste y noreste de Louisiana con cantidades máximas aisladas de 8 pulgadas hasta el jueves por la noche. Estas cantidades de lluvia pueden causar inundaciones repentinas.

VIENTOS: las condiciones de tormenta tropical continuarán durante las próximas horas en el área al suroeste de Florida. Se esperan condiciones de tormenta tropical en partes del área de advertencia de la costa central del Golfo antes del martes por la noche y se esperan condiciones de huracán a última hora del martes o martes por la noche en el área de advertencia de huracanes.
TORNADOS: Un par de tornados puede generarse esta noche a través de la península del sur y el centro oeste de Florida.


#HurricaneLane Map & Resources



Update: 24 Aug 2018 – 5:30 AM ET

Follow our conversation on #HurricaneLane via twitter at:@CEDRdigital
Or you can explore the following county related hashtags as of 8/24/18:
#Hawaii #Oahu #Honolulu #Maui #Kauai #CEDRdigital

CEDR is actively supporting the disaster response in the Hawaiian islands. Below you will find a list of resources related to disaster assistance and support, organized by different levels of government. This page will continue to expand over the next few days, so please return to find updated information.

Federal          State        Local       Other Resources


FEMA Official Hurricane Lane Information and Resources Map

Please wait 30 seconds for all the different maps to load.
Use this map to find open shelters, flood zones, current weather conditions and alerts to learn where it’s already flooded. You can scroll backwards and forwards using the blue arrows at the bottom of the screen to see other maps and the dashboard. Please click on magnifying glass icon to access your local information.

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Federal Government

FEMA Region 9 – The Federal Emergency Management Agency – Region 9 – serves the states of AZ, CA, HI, NV and the Pacific Islands. To find out more or to receive emergency alerts, locate information about shelters and support services in your area download the FEMA app at: https://www.fema.gov/mobile-app
Website: https://www.fema.gov/fema-region-ix-arizona-california-hawaii-nevada-pacific-islands
Twitter: @femaregion9

Disaster Assistance – is a FEMA program that helps support those impacted by disaster in a number of ways. You can find out more or apply for services online at: www.disasterassistance.gov. You can also call the Disaster Survivors Line at 800-621-3362. Find more info at: www.fema.gov/individual-disaster-assistance

Department of Health and Human Services – Region 9 – serves the states of AZ, CA, HI, NV and the Pacific Islands. For information about their health-related services, follow them on twitter or visit them at:
Website: https://portal.ehawaii.gov/
Twitter: @HHSRegion9 ‏
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HHS

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Hawaii State Government Links

Emergency Management Agency
Website: http://dod.hawaii.gov/hiema/
Twitter: @Hawaii_EMA
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiEMA/

Hawaii State Department of Health
Website: http://health.hawaii.gov/
Twitter: @HIgov_Health
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDOH

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Local County Government Links for Each Island

Maui County Website: https://www.mauicounty.gov/
Maui Dept of Transportation: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/maui/maui-state-roads-and-highways/

Honolulu County Website: http://www.honolulu.gov/
Honolulu Dept of Transportation: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/hawaii/state-roads-and-highways/

Kauai County Website: https://www.kauai.gov/
Kauai Dept of Transportation: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/kauai/kauai-state-roads-and-highways/

Oahu County Website: http://www.honolulu.gov/
Oahu Dept of Transportation: http://hidot.hawaii.gov/highways/home/oahu/oahu-state-roads-and-highways/

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Other Resources

 Distress Line
Website: https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
Twitter: @distressline
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/samhsa

Aloha United Way 211– Provides information on a number of support services including: food, shelter, etc.
Website:  https://portal.ehawaii.gov/residents/211-get-help/
Tel # 2-1-1- or 1-877-275-6569
Text Only info line: 877-275-6569 Please include zip code in text.

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 One Last Check-in  

It’s been a year since I opened my Twitter account in the early morning hours, to read the pleas of  strangers from Houston whose desperation compelled me to find a way to help. And I did find ways, through specific hashtags that emerged on Twitter, in the form of #HarveySOS and #HarveyRescue, just as there were helpers on the ground, so too were there helpers online. Through the flurry of tweets, I saw that even the helpers needed help. So I volunteered, and after a week of all of us working through long days and sleepless nights, I was surprised and amazed at what a group of determined individuals can do to help others.  

One year later, I’m still wondering how that single mother or that elderly couple are doing, the first individuals whose rescue I helped facility. They were the first individuals I helped. In the hours and days that followed there would be many more. I’ve said prayers for all of them many times, hoping they were well and finding comfort and healing in their communities. There’s a part of me that still wonders how they are still today.

On the days I needed reassurance that they’re okay, I went to Twitter and followed the hashtag #HoustonStrong. There, I found inspiration seeing the drive, determination and resilience they found in their community. That reassurance has allowed me to move on spiritually and emotionally, and to continue to help others. I am grateful that I could use my skills and knowledge to be of service, just as others were there for me, when I went through Hurricane Sandy.   

One lesson I learned from the volunteer calls last year, and from watching Houston’s progress, is that it’s important to continue to talk and share our thoughts and feelings long after the event is over in order to process the lingering impact. Seeing the City of Houston’s tweet this morning brought tears to my eyes, because they know full well exactly what everyone in Hawaii is going through.

Through that tweet I finally realized why we continue being disaster volunteers in some form or another: because we know we can make a difference by reaching out and supporting others through their crisis, just as Houston did this morning. So today I want to thank my fellow Harvey volunteers, for caring enough to do the impossible with very little, for remaining undaunted by the challenge, and for stepping up to help. I especially want to thank and salute Houstonians for their resilient spirit and drive, which continues to inspire me each day.

Now I hope you’ll share your story of impact and resilience with us, and through sharing, in the comments or via twitter we can all continue healing together. Let us know how you’re doing using the hashtags below.  It may be a year later, but we all still care.