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‘We’re here for you, Harris County:’ Community leaders provide resources for residents affected by Hurricane Beryl

‘We’re here for you, Harris County:’ Community leaders provide resources for residents affected by Hurricane Beryl

HOUSTON – Local and federal leaders gathered at the Belen Community Center in Harris County Precinct 4 to address the urgent needs of more than 1.3 million residents who remain without power due to the sweltering heat wave following Hurricane Beryl.

Harris County Commissioner Lesley Briones kicked off the press conference by highlighting the collaborative efforts being made to secure additional funding and resources for communities impacted by Hurricane Beryl.

“We are grateful for our partners like the Houston Food Bank,” Briones said.

Although Mayor Whitmire was unable to attend the ceremony, Briones thanked him and the City of Houston for their commitment to partnering with the county, state and federal governments.

“We are at the Belen Community Center, one of our five cooling centers in Harris County Precinct Four, and we serve as a lifeline for families in need,” Briones continued. “With over 125 people already using the center’s services, it was clear that there was a need for help. No questions asked, everyone is welcome here.”

Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher also expressed her gratitude and cooperation.

“Commissioner Briones, your leadership and partnership exemplify true servant leadership,” Fletcher said.

Emphasizing the importance of federal resources, Congressman Fletcher shared the latest developments regarding the federal disaster declaration approved by President Biden, which will unlock critical resources for the region.

“FEMA is on the ground and we are working closely with state leaders to ensure a coordinated response,” Fletcher explained.

Encouraging residents to document their losses and use the following resources: disasterassistant.govThe congressman emphasized the importance of preparation and long-term solutions.

Representative Jean Wu also attended the meeting, speaking about the spirit of society in times of crisis.

“When the world is at its worst, Houston is at its best,” he said. Wu, who credited the tireless efforts of neighbors, first responders and elected officials, emphasized the urgent need for survival and caution during the heat wave.

“Call every friend and family member. Let them know about cooling centers and safe spaces,” Wu warned. “Don’t risk your health; seek shelter and support.”

Houston Food Bank President Brian Green noted an extensive network of 50 emergency disaster relief locations.

“We are here to help struggling households and get them back on their feet as quickly as possible,” he said.

Green asked residents to contact United Way’s 211 services if basic resources are needed.

“We are working with all levels of government and partner organizations to ensure your needs are met now and in the future,” Briones said. Urging residents to use cooling centers and stay connected, the message was clear: “We are here for you, Harris County.”

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