Bastrop County Recovery Begins

The eastern portion of Bastrop County TX was hard hit by #HurricaneHarvey and the recovery phase is just beginning.  That means volunteers, donations, food and lots of coordination.  Often, without well planned management of needs and supplies, second wave disasters set in.  Second wave disasters are those caused by well-meaning folks collecting furniture, clothing, bedding, food…. without thought to distribution channels or needs.

We’ve begun a targeted list of links for people to use to report damages and to funnel volunteers and donations where they are most needed. For links to Bastrop County Emergency Management and other information (river gauges, road closures, etc), see our prior post(s).

Important links as recovery begins:

  1. Bastrop County hotline for residents and businesses to report #HurricaneHarvey damages: 512-303-4300 from 9am to 5pm.
    Report damage to your business or personal property immediately. This is critical so Bastrop County meets the threshold required to qualify for FEMA individual assistance.
  2. Local Donations
    1. Bastrop Long Term Recovery Team.
      If you donate online, please enter “Lost Pines Republican Women” in the “If you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know” field. Please also have an acknowledgement sent to LostPinesRW@gmail.com so we know about donations made in our name.
    2. Bastrop or Smithville Chambers of Commerce
      Accepting donations of gift cards (Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Mastercard, Visa, etc) or cash donations (online).
    3. Mission U-Too.
      These folks are already onsite serving meals to volunteers in Smithville. They are always there for our residents during disasters.
  3. Volunteers
    1. Smithville: (Individuals) Contact April Daniel at the Smithville Chamber of Commerce
    2. Bastrop County: (Groups) Contact the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team or fill out the online volunteer form.
  4. Homeowner and Renters Guide to Mold Cleanup After Disasters (CDC)
  5. Guía del Propietario y Arrendatario Para la Limpieza de Moho Después de Desastres (CDC)
  6. A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture and Your Home (EPA)
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