Hurricane Harvey (Convoy of Hope)



Open Bible's partner, Convoy of Hope, has a Disaster Services team that is responding to Hurricane Harvey, which is expected to be the first major hurricane to make landfall in 12 years in the United States. Harvey is forecasted to become a Category 3 hurricane with 125 mph winds and up to 30 inches of rainfall. "We have a team deploying later today that will arrive in Texas tomorrow ahead of the storm," says Stacy Lamb, U.S. response director for Disaster Services. "Once in the area, we will work with local partners to establish greatest areas of need and potential distribution sites." Our Disaster Services fleet and additional team members will deploy Friday. The team will handle bulk distribution for storm survivors including food, water and hygiene kits, as needed.

  • SEPTEMBER 4, 2017 | 7:00 AM

    SPRINGFIELD, MO.Our Disaster Services team will run a POD in Victoria, Texas, again today and continue to identify the areas of greatest need to serve storm survivors.

    So far, during this response:

    - 41 cities

    - 100,000+ people served

    - 90 loads delivered totaling 2.6 million pounds of relief supplies

    - more than 6,800 volunteer hours


  • SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 | 10:00 PM

    Individuals Served: 86,350

    Volunteers: 1,517
    Volunteer Hours: 6,470
    Loads Delivered to Site: 72
    Loads Distributed: 55
    Lbs Delivered to Site: 2,229,239
    GIK Value Delivered to Site: $1,496,542


  • AUGUST 30, 2017 | 9:00 AM

    Many cities in Texas are still without power, including Victoria, Texas, where our team will facilitate another drive-thru point of distribute site today.

    We have delivered more than $1 million worth of supplies to Texas since our response began and have dozens more truckloads en route. So far, more than 20,000 storm survivors have been served.

  • AUGUST 29, 2017 | 5:30 PM

    The Disaster Services team continues to work diligently to serve storm survivors in Texas. They have already served thousands of people and delivered more than 500,000 pounds in emergency relief supplies.

  • AUGUST 29, 2017 | 12:30 PM

    Hurricane Harvey resulted in catastrophic damage to Southeast Texas, forcing thousands of families to flee their homes in search of shelter. The 130mph winds ripped apart buildings and the record-breaking rainfall flooded streets, businesses and residential communities.

    Like many survivors, Patrick is trying to wrap his mind around the event.

    "It's pretty hard for it to happen, this whole storm. It came in as a tropical depression, and then the next day, it's a hurricane — Category 4. People just don't know what to expect. For my roof to come off, and me not to have a home at the moment... It's just crazy."

    But, in the wake of this horrific disaster, kindness stands firm.

    Despite dealing with the devastating effects of the storm and the uncertainty of the future, Patrick has chosen to be a force for good in his community. As he volunteers at a Convoy of Hope distribution site, he reflects on his decision to stay in his home town of Victoria, Texas.

    "I stayed in a shelter for two days, but they evacuated people to Austin. I wanted to stay and help, so I got off the bus and I stayed here. What else are you going to do? People always give back, and people are going to help me build my house... so why not give back to people before they can give for me?"

    Patrick, like many others, has not let his circumstances affect his determination to be kind. Convoy of Hope is privileged to link arms with partners and survivors in the aftermath of disasters.

    Let's continue working together to turn moments of kindness into a revolution of kindness.