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With Hurricane Harvery bearing down, the city of Austin relied on their inner strength to weather the storm. Well aware of the thousands of evacuees that would soon be knocking on their doorstep, Austin adopted a “what’s mine is yours approach,” making countless welcome kits in preparation for the evacuees’ transition.
When Hurricane Harvey was heading toward our state, Austin was told to expect 6,000 evacuees. Mayor Steve Adler filmed a Facebook live video asking Austinites to make welcome kits, announcing “company’s coming, and we’ve all got chores.” The kits included basic necessities such as towels, pillows, and blankets. So many people in Austin, and as it turns, the world, did so that Target and Walmart ran out of supplies, and the Austin Disaster Relief Network, a local faith-based coalition, had to expand their intake sites. So many welcome kits were turned in that the extras were shipped to relief shelters in the flooded and more heavily affected areas.
The Mayor of Austin Shows Residents How to Welcome Guests