WHEN A DISASTER HAPPENS, IT CAN BE DEVASTATING.
Jefferson County, Texas is no stranger to the impact of disaster. In 2017, Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding throughout our county, leaving thousands of households without basic necessities and many without a place to live while they recovered and repaired their flood-damaged homes. Of the 41 Texas counties receiving a Federal Disaster Declaration, Jefferson County, Texas was the 2nd most impacted county in the state.
Jefferson County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is the local, state and federally recognized Long Term Recovery Group serving Jefferson County, Texas. Jefferson County Long Term Recovery Group knows that a prompt, efficient path to recovery will reduce needless suffering in disaster-impacted communities. In order to provide this path, we must be prepared, connected and innovative in our disaster recovery strategy. Our goal is to lessen the time between disaster and recovery thereby lessening the suffering of impacted individuals and households.
In addition, we strive to educate, empower and assist everyone in preparing for and recovering from disaster by providing relevant, clear and useful information that's helpful in storm preparation and recovery decision-making. We make sure our messaging is consistent with our local official leadership and comes directly from these trusted decision-makers.
We serve all Jefferson County households before, during and after disaster. Our repair/rebuild programming provides home repair to the most vulnerable; uninsured elderly, indigent, disabled, US veterans, single parents with children, undocumented citizens, and first responders. Through a structured case management process, we identify unmet needs of disaster impacted individuals and households. Through "whole community approach," we help meet these needs so that individuals and families can return to a safe, sanitary and secure home. We partner with organizations that have a mission for disaster recovery and serving people - businesses, churches, congregations, local and national non-profit organizations, and other community partners. We understand that it takes many people and groups working together to restore a community after disaster. We also want to connect impacted households to resources that can assist with needs outside of our mission or scope. It's our desire to help individuals and families recover faster and better than ever before.
The mission of Jefferson County Long Term Recovery Group is to assist individuals and families with long-term recovery following a natural or man-made disaster. We first determine the household's unmet needs through a case management process. We diligently work to obtain the resources necessary to meet the unmet needs of those we serve. We want to stretch our donors dollars as far as possible, so we vet households carefully to avoid duplication of services and work with volunteers that provide invaluable hours of donated labor.
OUR RECOVERY PLAN
Disaster impacted households depend on leadership and guidance in navigating the recovery process. We are committed to this effort long term. We are strengthened through collaborative partnerships with our county, city and jurisdictional partners and officials, our Southeast Texas VOAD, and volunteer and faith-based organizations throughout our state and beyond, to make our programming better and more streamlined in an effort to meet this important commitment.
·Work with disaster survivors to better understand their immediate and long-term needs
·Collaborate, communicate and cooperate with local elected officials and emergency management leaders to better serve the disaster impacted communities of Jefferson County
·Engage in collaborative partnerships with non-profit and for-profit organizations with the goal of working together to positively renew and restore our impacted communities
·Mobilize volunteers from inside and outside of our county/state to assist with long term recovery efforts
·Rehabilitate and repair damaged houses, with a focus on resilience, to help better withstand future disasters
·Identify funding and material resources to support repair and rebuilding of our county's impacted households, with a focus on the most vulnerable
·Provide emotional support and care to individuals and families whose lives have been changed due to disaster
·Promote a message of hope throughout our county, especially engaging those directly impacted by disaster
·Remain focused and dedicated in our effort to rebuild a stronger and more resilient county
“I thought that no one wanted to help me because I'm 94 years old. I have no family here and was alone. You did what no one else offered to do. Thank you.”
Ms. Taylor, 94 Years Old - Beaumont, TX