As thousands of Texans still strive to rebound from the damage and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has been working with community leaders and local, state and national agencies to identify and address recovery needs.
“Many people are already aware of our initial efforts in disaster recovery, especially establishing Animal Supply Points, helping with area cleanups and serving the immediate needs of Texans after a disaster,” said Dr. Monty Dozier, special assistant for Rebuild Texas, College Station.
But that role has now evolved through its efforts in support of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas, Dozier said.
As part of the statewide effort to help Texans recover from Hurricane Harvey, last September Gov. Greg Abbott asked Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp to coordinate state and local recovery efforts of the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas. Sharp tasked employees of AgriLife Extension to serve as his local liaisons with the impacted communities, reporting on local recovery needs and providing a pipeline for information and recovery resources.
Dozier said the agency will continue to be involved in a variety of recovery efforts throughout the Rebuild Texas effort.
“AgriLife Extension personnel will continue to serve as liaisons between local jurisdictions and state and federal agencies,” he said. “And we will help communities recovery from Harvey and work to be more resilient for future events.”
He said the agency also will continue to maintain and distribute timely disaster recovery information through the Texas Emergency and Disaster Education Network, or Texas EDEN, website at https://texashelp.tamu.edu/ and by other means.
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