Responding to Hurricane Hanna
While there are damage reports from Hurricane Hanna across western Texas, the most significant impact was in the Rio Grande Valley, an area already reeling from the devastating effects of COVID-19 and a worsening immigration crisis. In the poorest areas and neighborhoods, damage was significant. Almost 18” of rain fell in some areas, and low-lying areas flooded. High winds damaged many homes and destruction was most severe in communities of primarily Latino, undocumented or extremely low-income families. Episcopal Relief & Development is working with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas to provide COVID-19 related medical care and testing, internet access for undocumented and low-income children returning to school online, food assistance for migrants living in rent encampment across the border, assistance to churches with food pantries as well as gift cards for families to address food and household needs.