It is hard not to think about the weather, even when I look outside and see bright sunshine and early fall temperatures.
Keller Williams Disaster Response Teams have been “on the ground” along the Texas coast following the disaster that was Hurricane Harvey, carrying 18-wheeler truckloads of cleanup supplies to leased warehouse space close to the points of need. Agents and brokers in the Keller Williams family have been coming and going from undamaged areas for a week now, helping KW agents in the coastal areas clean out their storm-and-flood-damaged homes. This next week was supposed to be the annual Keller Williams Mega Camp in Austin, during which there are speakers and sessions on all aspects of the real estate business. This year is different, however: all attendees will be bused to the coastal areas on 137 chartered buses to help make more order out of chaos for areas devastated by Harvey two weeks ago. Agents come from all over the world to Mega Camp, so there will be a lot of people working to clean up Texas this next week.
I was just in the office of the man who is coordinating the buses and the work sites so that help is spread evenly where it is needed, and making sure that Keller Williams’ efforts are not duplicating efforts by other groups in the same locations. He said that the 18-wheelers are already loaded with supplies for the Florida area after Hurricane Irma hits.
The current hurricane report from the Washington Post is here, and I have quoted it below describing Category 4 winds:
Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
It is too late to re-engineer or do major preparations right in the immediate path of this storm, but Consumer Reports published some great articles on acting quickly after storms and flooding.