Hurricane Ike hits Houston Hard

Hurricane Ike hit Houston this last Friday night. And he was deadly.  And very damaging to say the least.

First and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with those in Galveston and south of the city who lost the most.
Lives were lost, homes destroyed down to the foundation, businesses
closed for good and the corresponding jobs were lost. Families and
friends are hurting.

I am typing this on a Tuesday September 16th and power at my house is
still out. The office is back online and, if only for Air Conditioning
and to charge our cell phones, quite a few folks are already back at
work.

The city has a week long 9:00 PM curfew so we are working short days, 9:30 to maybe 4:30 to allow time to get home without most traffic lights. We are talking a lot.

Hotels are full of evacuees and downtown is closed and in bad shape. The Chase tower in particular was transformed into broken glass on the streets.

If you want to help, this one client reached out to us to help spread the word.

If you would like to help out a strong organization in the Houston community, Catholic Charities (a non profit organization client that serves over 100,000 Houstonians) is in need of donations as they are trucking out water, food and supplies to hard-hit Hurricane Ike areas in Texas.

The psychological impact
of witnessing 100+ mile an hour winds, having our houses shake, hearing
the explosions of transformers at 3:30 in the morning, these things are
challenging. People experience grief, but learn to cope and move on.

"There is a common misperception that people are going to fall apart
and they are going to have lifelong psychological consequences," said
Herrmann. "But the reality is that most people who experience traumatic
events are psychologically resilient.

There are so many blog posts and photos that should have been taken.
Having no power or Internet at the house somewhat limits my self
expression.

What I do know is that Houston and the surrounding areas is one amazing
community. That our people are strong down to earth people who look out
for each other. What I do know is that Houston, Galveston, Bolivar and
our entire community will rebuild. We will get back on our feet. We
will be back.