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National Education Association launches Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund

TSTA/NEA members already are rolling up sleeves and helping families displaced by Hurricane Harvey

WASHINGTON - August 30, 2017 -

In the wake of the most devastating flood event in U.S. history, the National Education Association today announced the launching of its Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund. NEA is now accepting donations to support NEA members and their families affected by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. NEA also is working with its state affiliate, the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), to coordinate a response.

“Our hearts, thoughts, and prayers are with the people of the Gulf Coast,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García. “Like other residents, many of our members there lost their homes and cars or sustained other serious property damage. Over the days, weeks, and many months to come, they will begin to rebuild their lives and get back on their feet. The more than 3 million members of the National Education Association family stand ready to help our brothers and sisters as they work to rebuild their families, homes, schools, and communities.”

“This recovery will not happen overnight. We can’t predict how long many of our TSTA and NEA sisters and brothers will be out of work or unable to move back into their homes. In many cases, their financial costs will be huge. Hurricane Harvey will fade from the headlines, but your continued support will help our members get through the long haul,” said Noel Candelaria, president of TSTA. “Many TSTA members have volunteered to help the thousands of families displaced by the storm, many of whom are being sheltered at public school campuses as far away as Austin. With the help of NEA members from across the country, we will help members in need of assistance recover from a catastrophe that has impacted communities large and small, from Corpus Christi to Houston to the Louisiana border.”

Estimates indicate that as many as one-third of NEA members in Texas have been affected by the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey Donations to the relief fund will go a long way to replace belongings and meet the many expenses educators and their families will certainly incur.

“All of us can play a role in rebuilding the lives of those impacted by this storm, standing strong for our members, and mending communities,” said Eskelsen García. “On behalf of affected NEA members, thank you for your prayers and generosity. We will help our sisters and brothers find their way to brighter days and be their anchor through this storm.”

Educators know that when disasters such as Hurricane Harvey strike, children are often traumatized and they need help from families and educators to cope and heal. NEA is providing at  resources and information to help deal with students’ fears and questions.

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Hurricane Harvey: How to help 
Being part of NEA means being part of a family—a huge and caring family—that reaches out to members when disaster strikes. We are stepping forward in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.