Efforts are underway locally to help those who have been impacted by the flooding that resulted from Hurricane Harvey, which has now been downgraded to a tropical storm.
In addition to a team of firefighters heading to the coast to help in recovery efforts, residents from several North Texas cities are doing their part.
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The city of Allen is cooperating with agencies statewide to provide support for areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Monday night, four Allen firefighters -- Captain Mark Clamon, Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Sullivan, Captain Matt Madding and Firefighter/Paramedic Shane Reed -- were deployed with the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) as part of a local task force.
The group arrived in Conroe at about 9 p.m. Monday night and set up shop at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday in Humble, a city in Harris County within the Houston metropolitan area. Allen Assistant Fire Chief Jonathan Boyd said the men will back-fill the Humble Fire Department while Humble firefighters assist hurricane victims.
Boyd said TIFMAS’ command center in Houston requested that the Frisco Fire Department, which is TIFMAS’ coordinator for the area, deploy TIFMAS resources to affected areas along the coast. Frisco emailed Allen FD asking if the department had available resources to send. Boyd responded that Allen could send a fire engine and four personnel to staff it.
Boyd said Allen FD received a call Monday night informing them that the task force was going to be deployed that evening. Allen met with Frisco personnel and made it to Conroe Monday night, slept a couple of hours and went to work in Humble Tuesday morning. They will field EMS and fire calls as Humble FD personnel normally would.
Allen FD wasn’t sure, Boyd said, how long their staff would be deployed. The four firefighters were told to bring enough food and water to self-sustain for 72 hours but to plan to be there as long as seven days. TIFMAS sets up kitchens for first responders when possible to provide meals, but if Allen staff needs to go out and purchase food to cook at the Humble station, TIFMAS will reimburse them. A replacement crew would be sent if Allen personnel are needed for more than a week, Boyd said.
“The city of Allen is happy to be able to support our neighbors to the south. We’re hoping we can make a difference there,” Boyd said.
Prior to the storm, Allen streets and drainage foreman Ronnie Bates was activated by the state and traveled to Austin to help with Harvey preparations. Bates is a founding member of the North Texas Public Works Response Team and helped coordinate aid during historic flooding near Austin in 2015. Though no longer stationed at the State Operations Center, Bates remains on-call to help with recovery efforts.
Trusted World, founded by Allen resident Michael Garrett, has set up a temporary collection site to help provide relief for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, many of whom are finding shelter in the Dallas area. Respond to the call by dropping off donations at 15660 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Drop off times are 3-8 p.m. through Sept. 1.
Visit trustedworld.org to make a monetary donation.
SPCA of Texas is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspapers. Donations can be taken to these locations: 2400 Lone Star Drive in Dallas and 8411 Stacy Road in McKinney. Financial donations are also accepted at spca.org/give.
Three shelters in Dallas will be housing evacuees. Volunteers are needed for 12-hour shifts. “Just in Time” training is taking place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Go to volunteerconnection.redcross.org and click “edge.”
On Tuesday night beginning at 5 p.m., 100 percent of proceeds from Cane Rosso Deep Ellum will be donated to local Houston organizations supporting flood relief efforts.
The Salvation Army is accepting financial donations online or donors can call 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769). Also six local stations of CBS Radio DFW will hold a fund drive Monday to benefit the Salvation Army efforts. Money will be accepted by phone noon to 6 p.m. at 214-525-7200 and 214-525-7044 (Spanish).
Go to redcross.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or text the word Harvey to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Donations of all blood types are needed, especially O types. North Texas donors can text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999, and a Carter BloodCare employee can tell you times and places to donate or call 1-877-571-1000.