Hurricane Harvey Recovery: We’re in This for the Long Haul

Southeast Texas continues to feel the impact of the historic and destructive Hurricane Harvey. As our friends and neighbors recover from the storm, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) remains committed to supporting recovery efforts. To that end, we are proud to have donated $1 million to help with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.                                     

In the immediate aftermath of the storm, we offered our support to our impacted members, employees and communities. But we knew it would take a while to identify the most pressing needs in these areas, so we spent the next few weeks determining where our support would make the most impact.

We made the strategic decision to donate to four organizations with programs already in place to support relief. We recognize these donations are a small drop in the bucket compared to the enormous costs inflicted by the storm, but we hope they can make a difference in helping those most affected. 

Right after the storm hit, BCBSTX donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross in response to urgent housing, food and health needs in the Houston area. The remaining BCBSTX contributions to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts will be distributed as follows:

  • United Way of Greater Houston – $300,000 to support basic needs of the organization’s clients, as well as case management of funding opportunities as defined by their grant funnels;
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF) – $300,000 to support the most pressing needs as identified by leading nonprofits in the Houston community. The GHCF was set up by Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett for victims affected by Hurricane Harvey.
  • Feeding Texas – $300,000 to support food banks’ efforts to distribute food across the disaster zone.

I continue to be very proud of our BCBSTX community in the wake of this disaster. In addition to the generous monetary donations of BCBSTX employees – some of whom were themselves impacted by the storm – many also gave personal time to serve evacuees in shelters across the state.

BCBSTX employees also helped more than 1,900 displaced families, including administering vaccinations for 700 adults and children through the Care Van® Program. Moreover, BCBSTX employees provided more than 1,600 bags filled with various toiletries, including toothbrush kits, bars of soap, face cloths and deodorant, to The Houston Area Urban League, Kids’ Meals, Catholic Charities and the city of Houston.

Our sister Blues plans across the country have made a difference too, as 22 Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans have donated more than $2.3 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

In spite of these efforts, we realize the road to recovery will be a long and challenging one. BCBSTX remains committed to helping the Southeast Region of our state rebuild. We plan to be a part of the recovery effort not just in the coming days and weeks, but for the long haul.

Presented by: Dr. Bob Morrow

If you are a member impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you can visit our dedicated natural disaster page on our website to learn more about how we can help.

Dr. Bob Morrow serves as the market president of Houston and Southeast Texas at BCBSTX. You can follow him on Twitter at @drbobmorrow.

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