Prepare for this storm season in Fort Bend County's drive-thru distribution event

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
Fort Bend Co. gives storm supplies in drive-thru distribution event
The drive-thru distribution comes five years since Hurricane Harvey hit, a reminder that we need to have a supply kit ready during hurricane season.

SUGAR LAND, Texas (KTRK) -- As we're taking a look back, now five years since Hurricane Harvey hit, local organizations are helping people prepare for this storm season on Saturday.

Fort Bend County officials gave away emergency supplies and materials that will be needed 72 hours after a disaster.

Supplies for the first 500 families were distributed including bottled water, first aid kits, waterproof protection for documents, emergency signaling glow sticks, and more.

Throughout the week Eyewitness News profiled different areas around Houston to talk with people about how the storm impacted them and what they had to do to get back on their feet.

SEE ALSO: "Completely devastated": Kingwood residents look back 5 years after Hurricane Harvey made landfall

ABC13 heard from a woman who lives on Houston's west side, where thousands of homes were submerged after the army corps opened the dams of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs.

"You know what amazed me about Harvey? There were so many people who just heard we needed help and just came. They were like, oh they need boats and just see where I can help," resident Shannon Robinson said.

Just a few months after Harvey hit, folks at the University of Houston started looking into the impacts of the storm.

A study released by the University of Houston shows recovery after Harvey has been impressive, but incomplete, with vulnerable populations still struggling five years later.

According to the study, nearly 82% of survey respondents affected by Hurricane Harvey in the Greater Houston area have completely or mostly recovered from the effects of the storm.

SEE ALSO: 5 years after Hurricane Harvey, some Houstonians are still recovering, UH report says

The project lead on this study, Dr. Pablo Pinto, explains they also found out more about how our vulnerable populations are still lagging in post-Harvey recovery.

"We see that these types of extreme weather events are becoming more often and they are having a big impact on our community and we tend to see over and over that more vulnerable populations are hit harder in terms of their ability to recover, and that's the bad news," Pinto said.

The drive-thru distribution comes as a reminder that we need to have a supply kit ready during hurricane season.

"Being a single woman, you have to be prepared and every little thing helped. You'd be surprise. I pray every day Harvey doesn't happen to me, or anyone else I see on TV. I did see where people got flooded on the other side of town," Della DuHart told Eyewitness News as she was waiting to get her supplies.

The event began at 9 a.m. at Four Corners Recreation Center 15700 Old Richmond Rd. until supplies last.

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