Team Hoover Ferguson:
Our hearts and prayers are with all of our employees, customers and vendors who call the Houston and Southeast Texas region home as we continue to brave the damage and devastation from Hurricane Harvey. We are hopeful that Hurricane Harvey’s presence in Louisiana will pass through quickly and that our team and their family members there will remain safe and dry. The Houston offices and facilities are closed and will likely remain closed for the rest of the week. We will continue to send daily updates to Houston employees via email and keep the Hoover Ferguson Inclement Weather Line up to date. We are aware of numerous Hoover Ferguson employees that have been evacuated from their homes, are without power and/or have lost their cars. Many have water damage in their homes but thankfully no serious or life-threatening injuries to our team have been reported.
Like many of you, I have family who have been severely impacted along Hurricane Harvey’s path from Rockport to Victoria to Houston and I cannot say enough positive things about our wonderful state and the city of Houston. First responders (both paid and volunteer) have done an amazing job and continue to tirelessly give their time and efforts to helping those in need. More than 4,000 rescues have happened so far in Houston and surrounding areas and thousands of others have been evacuated from their homes. The death toll currently stands at seven and the economic impact will be in the billions of dollars. We know the recovery effort will take time, 50 inches of rain from Harvey will leave catastrophic damage.
To the extent that you can work from home, please continue to do so. If you have been or will be displaced from your home and need a place to stay, please contact Paul or me and we will find a place for you to stay. If you have volunteered to help in the community, please continue to do so. If you are not in the Houston area and you are capable, please make a contribution to those in need. The number of people that need supplies, food, clothing and the donation of volunteer’s time is great. At least tens of thousands of people will be homeless for quite some time. At this point, there are many shelters opening citywide and organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Team Rubicon and JJ Watt’s crowdfunding site are doing an excellent job of coordinating supplies and volunteers.
Links to those websites are below:
Finally, it is during the most trying times that the resilience of individuals shines through brightest. Please stay strong, optimistic and know there are individuals around you that want to help. Together, as one Hoover Ferguson, we will overcome this.