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 annex building of the First Baptist Church in Bloomington, Texas. The office, dining, and restrooms are all in the church building with a shower trailer right outside. MDS will be focusing on repair work from hurricane and flood damage. Mosquitoes are prevalent here and it is recommended that volunteers bring insect repellent and sunscreen.