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Hurricane Harvey Needs Survey Results


In the aftermath of a major disaster, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that community recovery continues long after the initial demands for food and shelter are met. Because the APA’s members are on the ground, working to keep our cities running every day, we wanted to understand the experience of community planners and other officials working toward Harvey Recovery, and ways for the Texas Chapter to support recovery efforts.

To date, 500 surveys have been distributed to APA members and participants at disaster recovery events, with an approximate response rate of 10% from communities across the affected regions. Here is a preliminary report on the results.

What is your best estimate of the percentage of people in your community that have been displaced following Hurricane Harvey?

What is your best estimate of the percentage of structures that were damaged in your community?

Please rank your needs in order of importance.

Initial Takeaways

  • Small to medium sized communities were hit as hard as the big cities that receive more media attention
  • Individual Assistance and Temporary Housing are reaching most communities
  • Economic development and business assistance are slower to arrive
  • Technical assistance and training in disaster recovery for local officials is in high demand

In the coming weeks, the Texas APA Hurricane Harvey Recovery Task Force will report out more results from this survey. These reports are meant to help members on the Coast and around the state as we seek to understand the Hurricane Harvey recovery process and the long-term needs affecting the future growth and development of Texas’ coastal communities.


Planning for Resilient Communities

This workshop will provide information, tools and resources for communities ready to take the next step in their recovery work. The target audience includes leaders of long-term recovery committees, extension agents, municipal and county recovery planners, emergency mangers and anyone else interested in hearing about promising strategies for building communities able to withstand and recover from disasters.


Buyout Workshop

The Greater Houston Flood Mitigation Consortium which includes Drs. Earthea Nance and Robert Bullard from Texas Southern University is hosting a buyout workshop. This is a not-to-miss event for environmental/disaster and housing/community development planners!

Tuesday, February 6th from 7:00-9:00pm
The BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main Street

The workshop is open to the public. Disaster planners from across the country have been invited to help Houston figure out how to implement equitable buyouts of properties at extreme risk of flooding. 

RSVP registrations are required even though the event is free.
Space is limited!

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