HCSS is in dire need of donations of cleanup supplies to help Sugar Land and Greater Houston communities recover from record flooding from Hurricane Harvey, which hit Texas on Aug. 25.
HCSS has helped clean more than 100 homes, helping families remove water-damaged floors and drywall in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
“Now we’re kind of switching gears,” said Vice President of Strategic Initiatives and Customer Solutions Tom Webb. “We’re still going to continue to rally as many people for volunteering as we can and plug them into other groups, but we’re also going to become a supply line for some of the other volunteer organizations. We’re trying to take point with these relief organizations, and as they need supplies, we want to be able to communicate the need for these supplies so that people around the country who are motivated to send stuff but don’t know where to send it can send to us.”
But the longer it takes to get into homes and clean them, and the longer the flood water sits in walls and floors without being removed, the worse the mold and mildew contamination becomes.
It has been almost two weeks since the hurricane hit and record flooding ravaged Houston, meaning we now need stronger disinfectants and supplies designed to handle severe air pollution.
“Now we’re going to be getting into homes with a substantial amount of mold,” Webb said. “We calculated that most homes from now on are going to need higher quality masks. The level of mold infestation in the homes has reached a critical point where it’s actually a health hazard for the relief organizations.”
Unfortunately, however, there is already a shortage of remediation supplies in the Houston area, and that shortage is getting worse daily.
That, combined with shipping issues from UPS, FedEx, and companies like Amazon, means HCSS does not have nearly the amount of industrial-strength remediation supplies needed to continue cleaning up homes.
“We have a drastic need for mold killer,” Webb said. “We need more professional-grade stuff. Bleach is a start, and it is better than nothing, but you don’t get the same value as you do the actual mold killing products. Right now the problem is the scarcity of that. It’s a critical need. None of the relief organizations I’m taking to has a handle on a supply line for that yet.”
That’s where you come in. If you are in an area other than Southeast Texas and have access to any amount of N-95 masks, dual-cartridge respiratory masks, or industrial-strength mold disinfectant, we are in dire need of as many as we can get our hands on.
Our customers have already been instrumental in our efforts, helping us raise more than $120,000 and sending trucks full of cleaning supplies to our campus. And while we can never thank them enough, this cleanup process will continue for months, as will the need for supplies.
Visit us at www.hcss.com/harvey or call 713-255-3898 to find how to send us supplies or learn other ways you can help.