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AFT Disaster Relief to Support Victims of Hurricane Harvey

As everyone who has turned on an electronic device this weekend knows, the state, particularly the Gulf Coast, has been hit with a catastrophic hurricane, with record rainfall. CNN has called Harvey unprecedented and catastrophic. We’re following the situation closely and hammering out exactly how we are going to help. AFT leaders and staff have been in touch with our members constantly since Friday to make sure everyone is all right.

Nearly two feet of water fell in Houston on Saturday night alone. AFT leaders in the area have been texting members, and most have checked in as physically safe, but many are without power. They’re particularly worried about seniors and retirees, and will continue to check on them.

They have heard from Corpus Christi that there’s major flood and storm damage. And in Rockport, the high school is completely destroyed. Many are worried now about gas leaks and fires from the damage in the aftermath of the storm.

While AFT is calling on the federal and state government to help, this is the time for us to help too. We, as a union family, must respond as we have in past crises.

The AFT’s disaster relief fund is working to make sure that AFT members and the communities we serve receive help and relief during and after this storm.

Donate to the AFT’s disaster relief fund here

The donations to the relief fund will help AFT members and affected communities—from Corpus Christi to Houston—rebuild. Whether it is home damage, ruined cars, injuries from the floods or even lost school material, we’re going to make sure people get back on their feet. And we’ve been asked to make sure our brothers and sisters in the affected areas see this message—so they know what their union is doing in their time of need.

The storm looks like it’s going to go on for days. This is the type of storm that leaves communities devastated for years to come.

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