DFW organizations preparing to help Hurricane Nate victims

The same DFW area disaster relief organizations that helped those affected by hurricanes Harvey, Maria and Irma are standing by to help Hurricane Nate victims if needed.
 
Even though the storm is gone, the devastation is still there and will be there for quite some time.

DFW Red Cross and the Texas Baptist Men are keeping an eye on what’s happening there, while still helping Harvey victims in Texas.

“We're on standby for that, we have a lot of assessors that are out there looking to see what kind of damage there is,” said John-Travis Smith with Texas Baptist Men, “This has been one of our biggest deployments in our 50 year history by all accounts.”

The group has sent teams and supplies to the Texas coast to help feed victims, clean out homes and rebuild, weeks after Harvey, while also sending supplies to help earthquake victims in Mexico and water filters to Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico.

The Communities Foundation of Texas is also monitoring Nat to help if needed. So far, they’ve packed up supplies and collected $2.5 million to help victims of Harvey and Irma, but the big concern is continuing to get funding, months and possibly years down the road.

“Our attention often gets diverted to other news stories, and other disasters, and so that particular incident fades from memory, and that's when the funds are most needed and most people by that point have moved on,” said Monica Egert Smith.

The organization is keeping in contact with their partners along the Gulf Coast to help fill victims’ needs that FEMA and insurance may not cover.

So far, Texas Baptist Men have served 1.4 million meals to volunteers, rescuers and victims along the Gulf Coast. They also hope to send up to 3,000 water filters to Puerto Rico in the next two weeks.

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