As Texas Faces Flooding
Catastrophe, REALTORS® Push
Flood Insurance Program to
Help Future Victims Rebuild
FRANK LICEA, 2017 IVAR PRESIDENT
In the past few days, Americans have started to see the devastation brought Hurricane Harvey to a huge swath of southeast Texas. Leaders of the disaster response effort have said that the storm has turned the region into an inland lake. The rain continues to fall and the waters continue to rise – and may do so through Labor Day.
Today we keep the people of Texas in our prayers and look for ways to help. I urge all members who are able to help, to support the REALTORS® Relief Foundation efforts to support Texas. You can make a donation right online at https://www.nar.realtor/programs/realtors-relief-foundation/donate. Every penny of contributions to the relief fund are used directly on relief. This relief fund has helped thousands of families in prior disasters, including prior storms in New Orleans and the New Jersey area.
Soon, hopefully, the waters will recede and further reveal a heartbreaking amount of devastation and need. That’s when entire neighborhoods will need to find the resources to rebuild. Fortunately for many, the National Flood Insurance Program will help restore and rebuild family homes rendered uninhabitable right now.
Hopefully, members have seen the National Call for Action issued to ask REALTORS® to contact their representatives to re-authorize the National Flood Insurance Program for the next five years. Please take a moment to respond and let your member of Congress know how important it is to act now. The NFIP loses its current authorization at the end of September.
Please take a few moments to act on this issue now by going to http://bit.ly/2iql7ht. That will take you to the action page for the National Flood Insurance Program. For millions of Americans, the NFIP is the only option for flood insurance coverage. That means that when disaster happens, the federally backed flood program is also the main way they rebuild their lives and their homes. Please help us convince lawmakers to keep this essential backstop in place. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey is only the current flooding disaster to affect a community or region. There have been many in past years. There will be many more in future years that affect other parts of our country. Please help us ensure that millions of Americans are able to rebuild after a flood by reauthorizing the NFIP.
Please help the REALTORS® Relief Foundation – or one of the dozens of amazing relief groups supporting Texas families escaping the flooding today – by donating online today. Help millions more future flood victims by passing legislation to keep the National Flood Insurance Program going past September 30th.
Finally, please keep the victims of this disaster in your prayers.