Since Hurricane Harvey hit, the news coming out of Texas and Louisiana has been heartbreaking. Some people survived Katrina only to be caught up in another catastrophic storm, and others not only lost property, but family and friends as well.

The victims continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. If you’re in a position to help, please visit the American Red Cross’ donation page. Or, check out this page on ActBlue which links to 14 charities that are providing all sorts of specific help, from the Texas Diaper Bank to Nueces County Community Action Agency.  

As we’ve learned from this hurricane and other extreme weather events in the past, wind speed is often the least of homeowners’ concerns. While high winds can cause substantial damage, hurricane-produced storm surges, tornadoes and flooding typically cause much more extensive problems.

If you are taking the first steps toward responding to household flood damage, be careful not to go out and hire the first available contractor promising a miracle and pressuring you into an agreement that isn’t in your best interest. The fact is, desperate times do not always call for desperate measures. Take precautions to prevent one crisis from turning into another.

As people start to slowly rebuild and recover in the coming days and weeks, I sincerely hope the resources available on ThinkGlink.com will help those struggling with questions about their insurance, money, homes and legal rights. I’ve collected some of our best articles (eerily enough, several were originally written right before Hurricane Katrina in 2005) and outside sources. I’ll update the list as new information becomes available.

Please feel free to reach out with your individual questions via email or on social media, and the Think Glink team will be more than happy to work with you and direct you to people who can help.

 

Think Glink resources

Home Repairs After Natural Disaster

Dealing With Flood Damage

Flood Insurance: What To Do Before, During and After a Flood

 

Outside resources

Urgent Notice for Homeowners Affected by Disasters

Fannie Mae Will Provide Additional Assistance to Homeowners Impacted by Hurricane Harvey

 

In the news

When Climate Change Meets Sprawl: Why Houston’s ‘Once-In-A-Lifetime’ Floods Keep Happening

Buffet: Economy Will Hurt if Unisured Harvey Losses Top 0 Billion

 

How to help

Here Are Ways You Can Help People During Hurricane Harvey

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