Hurricane Harvey: What’s happening now and how we can help

HURRICANE HARVEY: what’s happening now and how can we help

The devastation Hurricane Harvey has left behind is terrible. It is definitely the worst natural disaster in Texas history and people are still suffering from its aftermath.

Hurricane Harvey entered Texas on August 27th and when it finally left, nothing was as before. Officials said that they believe at least 82 people died as a result of the intense flooding, although it could take weeks to determine the exact death toll. Harvey caused many damages in both Texas and Louisiana; Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has estimated that the cost for recovery will exceed $180 billion, which would make Harvey one of the most expensive natural disasters in the history of the United States.

Our offices at Global Edge were closed during the week the hurricane hit, and even though our headquarters were not affected, we shut down our offices while the hurricane ran its course as the safety of our employees was our number one priority. While we were lucky enough to not experience any damages many of our clients and contractors were not as fortunate. Our CEO, Kathy Eberwein, has always supported philanthropic efforts within the local communities as it is a core value at The Global Edge. Staying true to those values, she shut down headquarters for several days post-Harvey so employees could go out and volunteer within their local communities.

At the moment, over 60,000 Texans are still displaced, living in shelters or hotel rooms paid for by FEMA. There are more than 311,000 people affected who have formally requested economic aid from the government. These people need our help. They still don’t know what’s going to happen and how long it will take before their homes are safe again. According to a Washington Post analysis on data released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), only 17 percent of homeowners most directly affected by Harvey had flood insurance policies.

The devastating hurricane has also affected automobiles; as more than half a million cars were damaged by water. The U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said that the recovery will be a “marathon, not a career” that will last for years and will consume a lot of time and money. Zinke said: “I’d say we’re probably at a 20 percent.”

If you are interested in helping here is a list of ways you can contribute to support people within the community:

Donations

The best way to help is to donate money and contribute to organizations and charitable agencies that will ensure that people affected by the storm get the resources they need.

“Right now, the best thing people can do is donate money,” said Katrina Farmer, Director of The American Red Cross offices in San Angelo.

Some of these organizations may include: The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Catholic Charities USA, Global Giving, Save the Children and United Way of Greater Houston, among many other institutions that are offering their support.

Make sure your donation is secure by going through the organization’s official website or sending a check through the mail. Charity Navigator says you should never donate over the phone, email or unknown social media pages, as these are the places scammers usually target.

Volunteering

Most of these organizations and shelters will need a lot of helping hands to distribute goods to people and helping with the recovery. Many volunteers will be needed in coming days, weeks and possibly months, so you can sign up as a volunteer to assist those affected by the hurricane, getting involved to help with the relief efforts. You can sign up on Voly.org and fill the registration if you are interested in these volunteering opportunities.

Also, the American Red Cross announced that they would be training volunteers at their shelters through a “fast-track” course.

Donate Blood

According to the AABB, Hurricane Harvey and its associated flooding are impacting the nation’s blood supply. The AABB is urging eligible donors across America, especially those with type O-positive blood, to make and attend donation appointments as soon as possible. If you are type O blood, then you are critically important at this moment and you should schedule a blood donation appointment as soon as possible. Type O blood is the only blood type that can be safely transfused to most patients with other blood types and is frequently used in emergency situations.

If you wish to donate blood you can contact your local community’s Red Cross, or check for blood banks within your area.

Keep on Giving 

Recovering from disasters such as hurricane Harvey takes time. It’s essential to realize that disaster relief and recovery efforts aren’t just a thing of the first few days after the storm has hit. Help can be required for months or even years. if you feel compelled to help others in the wake of these natural disasters, do your best to train yourself to help rebuild these affected communities.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/texas-officials-hurricane-harvey-death-toll-at-82-mass-casualties-have-absolutely-not-happened/2017/09/14/bff3ffea-9975-11e7-87fc-c3f7ee4035c9_story.html?utm_term=.0bf61456463f

http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-month-after-harvey-debris-piles-show-recovery-takes-time-2017-10

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2017/08/29/where-harvey-is-hitting-hardest-four-out-of-five-homeowners-lack-flood-insurance/

http://www.mystatesman.com/news/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-says-hurricane-harvey-recovery/6KOdNp0E5yK3RqUFnmUm9I/

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/26/hurricane-harvey-victims-here-is-what-can-do-to-help.html

 

Yes, this is a blog about texting and driving

Are you sick of all of the advertisements, admonitions, etc. about texting and driving?

Good! Maybe you should stop texting and driving then.

“But that could be my spouse on the phone, or my recruiter providing feedback on my latest interview!” you might protest.

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Those could be your famous last words, unfortunately.

You have the privilege of operating a vehicle that at least weighs a ton or more…and you’re going to endanger yourself and others by worrying about what’s on a the screen of a phone that doesn’t even weigh 5 ounces?

These days, if you hurt yourself or kill someone while texting and driving, not only will you face fines and possible jail time, but don’t expect any sympathy for what you’ve done. In the eyes of many, texting and driving is just as bad as drinking and driving, if not worse.

I’m proud to work for a company that recognizes how awful texting and driving is. The Global Edge Consultants lays out very clearly in its employee handbook that texting while driving (or using any handheld device while on the road) is prohibited.

If someone needs to use the phone on the road, it’s safest for them to just pull over to the side of the road and handle their business there. Many clients and candidates understand that their call may go unanswered for a while because an employee is in transit and can’t talk on the phone at that moment.

Nothing is worth risking your life, or the life of someone else by engaging in texting and driving. IT CAN WAIT!

Elizabeth ChapmanMarketing/IT Assistant
The Global Edge Consultants

Stay safe this winter with The Global Edge

In light of the recent storms that hit the east coast of the United States (Hurricane Sandy), this quarter’s safety trips will focus on the winter weather and how we can prepare for the worst.

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Consider the following precautions:

  • Pay close attention to the media outlets – weather warnings are often provided through television news stations, local/national radio and via newspapers.
  • Bring pets inside during the winter season. Move livestock to sheltered areas and make sure their access to food and water is not blocked by ice or snow drifts.
  • Avoid driving when conditions are hazardous. If travel is necessary, inform friends/family where you are going and for how long.
  • Make sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas. A full tank will keep the fuel line from freezing.
  • Keep water running in the house – it will help prevent the pipes from freezing over.
  • If you have a thermostat try to make sure you maintain the same temperature both during the day and at night (no lower than 55°F) . By doing this you are less likely to incur larger heating bills and it may stop the pipes from freezing over.
  • Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or any other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices anywhere inside the home. Using these devices indoors can and will increase the level of carbon monoxide. Carbon Monoxide kills.
  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent loss of body heat.
  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

For prolonged periods of dangerous winter weather make sure you put together a ‘supply kit’. The supply kit includes:

  • Water/Food – at least a 3 day supply
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Medications
  • Baby supplies
  • Pet supplies
  • Cell phones with chargers
  • Multi-purpose tool
  • Sanitation and personal hygiene items
  • Extra cash
  • Warm coats, gloves, hats and blankets
  • Battery-powered or hand crank radio

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!

The Global Edge safety tips: Laptop fire safety

This quarter’s safety tip is focused on laptop fire safety and prevention. If you like to use your laptop around the home, or know someone who does, there are a few safety measures you can take to ensure a safer experience.

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5 tips to avoid an overheating laptop:

  1. Always use your laptop on a hard, flat surface. A laptop can run hot under the hood, and that heat needs a place to escape. Never block the air vents on the back or sides of the portable computer. Those vents can become easily blocked if the laptop is kept on a soft surface, such as a bed, pillow, blanket or sofa. Try using a chill pad/cooler specifically designed for laptops.
  2. Periodically check out the laptop’s air vents to ensure there is not dust or debris blocking the ventilation. Dust and lint can contribute to the laptop overheating. Avoid placing the laptop on surfaces where dirt, dust or lint is present. You should also spray compressed air through the laptop air vents to loosen debris that has been sucked up through the fan.
  3. Set your laptop’s power settings to go in to sleep mode or power down after a few minutes of inactivity. This reduces the chances of something happening if the laptop if left unattended for a long period of time. Another tip is to use the laptop’s battery instead of AC power so that it will turn off eventually if left on accidentally.
  4. Check the manufacturer’s website for potential battery recalls. A damaged or faulty battery has a high potential to start a fire. In some cases, you can sign up for email newsletters for this information, but it’s always a good idea to take a look for yourself and see if there is any related news or updates available.
  5. Make sure the computer power cord is not damaged. It can emit small electrical sparks that can start a fire. If damaged, unplug the power cord immediately and replace it as soon as possible.

In case of a battery or electrical fire, DO NOT USE WATER! Use either class ABC multipurpose (dry chemical) extinguisher or a Class BC carbon dioxide extinguisher.

The Global Edge Consultants is a full service firm specializing in the recruitment of technical and project personnel for industries such as Government, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Chemical, Engineering, Power, Nuclear and Manufacturing. Check out our careers page!