Hurricane Harvey reached tropical storm status on August 17, 2017 and continued to develop and intensify, becoming a category 3 hurricane that finally dissipated on September 3, 2017. It was the costliest natural disaster ever on record in the U.S. and the first major hurricane to make landfall on U.S. soil since 2005. There were 91 confirmed deaths and more than 300,000 people were left without electricity. Many people were displaced and thousands of homes were destroyed or sustained major damage.
Weekly volunteers will be staying in the house and former salon buildings that have been renovated for MDS use. Each building has bunk rooms and restrooms, with a shower trailer just outside for washing. MDS work will be focused on repairs and new construction from hurricane and flood damage. Mosquitoes are prevalent here so it’s recommended that volunteers bring insect repellent.