WHEN A DISASTER HAPPENS, IT CAN BE DEVASTATING.
Jefferson County, Texas is no stranger to the impact of disaster; both natural and manmade. But in 2017, the impact of Hurricane Harvey caused catastrophic flooding throughout our county, leaving thousands of households without basic necessities, electricity, clean water, and many without a place to live while they recovered and repaired their flood-damaged homes. Of the forty-one Texas Counties receiving a Federal Disaster Declaration, Jefferson County, Texas was the 2nd most impacted county in the State of Texas.
Harvey changed the way Southeast Texans think about disaster, and the way Southeast Texans recover from disaster. Since Harvey's impact in 2017, Jefferson County has been impacted by five (5) additional disasters: Imelda, Delta, Laura, the winter storm of 2021, and the LNVA canal breach (July 2022). Recovering from a disaster is usually a gradual process. Safety is a primary issue, as are mental and physical well-being. If assistance is available, knowing how to access it makes the process faster and less stressful.
Jefferson County Long Term Recovery Group (LTRG) is the local, state and federally recognized Long Term Recovery Group serving Jefferson County, Texas. We are dedicated to doing our part in serving the Jefferson County, TX community before, during and after a disaster. We strive to educate, empower and assist everyone in preparing for, and recovering from disaster, by providing relevant, clear and useful information that's helpful in storm preparation and recovery decision-making. We have a relationship with elected officials and local leaders
and make sure our messaging is consistent and comes directly from these trusted decision-makers and sources.
We serve all households impacted by disaster, but strongly focus is on the most vulnerable; uninsured elderly, indigent, disabled, US veterans, single parents with children, undocumented citizens, etc. Through a structured case management process, we identify unmet needs for the most vulnerable households impacted,
and help meet these needs so that individuals and families can return to a safe, sanitary and secure home.
We partner with other organizations that have a mission for disaster recovery - businesses, churches, congregations, local and national non-profit organizations, and all community partners. We understand that it takes many people and groups working together to restore a community after disaster. We want to connect impacted households to resources that can help with needs outside of our mission or scope. It's our desire
to help impacted households recover faster and better.
Our services are provided at no cost to the households we serve.