Disasters as brutal and unprecedented as Hurricane Harvey are rare, but are something that our first responders must always be prepared for at a moments notice and take quick action. Police officers in the Houston area (see image above) have worked tirelessly over the past week to make sure that lives were saved and that families could find refuge from the storm.
We have officers that have not been home in 4 or 5 days, with little rest. Those that did manage to get off to run home and change, lost their vehicles because they came back to the station parking lot only to find that it had flooded their personal vehicles. Many officers also damaged their equipment while wading through the high water. Many of them worked the flooded streets as their own homes lay in wet ruins.
They are currently working with damaged equipment, and trying to make due with water-damaged items such as work boots, duty belts, flashlights, and holsters. Some have even lost these items in the flood waters, not to mention their uniforms, which are soaked, soured, and torn. Officers will be in need of replacement items to ensure that they can do their job to the fullest of their ability. Donations will go to supply officers with needed items such as tube socks, underwear, toiletries as well as the aforementioned equipment. Thank you again for your generosity.
More images can be found in the Photo Gallery: Hurricane Harvey