IN THE WAKE OF THE STORM:
Over the past few weeks, I have seen the good in humans up close and from afar. Sometimes I worry that there may be more bad than good in the world, but then tragedy strikes… and the bad brings out the good. Literally thousands of stories can be found of heroes during the storm. Our first responders were absolutely amazing, as were folks who had no training, simply a desire to help those in need. I want to tell you about one amazing young man and what he did to help others during the floods.
After moving to Texas in 1981, we raised our four children in the Spring area and later in The Woodlands. We were lucky that our house was one that our kids and their friends liked to “hang out’”in. We thought it was our wit, charm and counseling skills that lured them in, but it possibly had more to do with the swimming pool and pancake breakfasts. There seemed to be a steady flow of new faces, but from those our children made some lifelong friends.
One of those was George Huntoon – even back then, George’s goal in life was to be a successful Realtor like me. I was honored, but constantly warned George that it wasn’t easy and told him to prepare for the obstacles ahead.
After high school, George joined the Marines. At the end of his service, he attended and graduated from Texas Tech, took his Real Estate courses, and off he went. George had his own individual style of selling, as all good salespeople do. But George’s aspirations stretched beyond Real Estate – his inherent desire to help others resulted in George running for public office and serving on a number of public committees.
We haven’t seen George in a while but one evening, in the midst of Hurricane Harvey, we were all “hunkered down” watching CNN when a familiar face appeared on the screen, being interviewed after spending days rescuing victims of the flooding. Yes, it was George – or “Local George” as he’s known. George spent days in his boat, making trip after trip to rescue people who were trapped in their homes because of the high water. Even as George’s own home came under threat, he never stopped helping others. George did so much to help that even Forbes magazine ran an article about him.
George was the epitome of a hero throughout the storm, tirelessly helping others from dawn until dusk. Thank goodness George focuses on properties in Southwest Houston – energy like that would make him serious competition for our Woodlands, Spring Realtors – myself included!
George was just one of many heroes during the storm and we at Beth Ferester & Company want to shout out a big thank you to all of them.
Even as Hurricane Harvey unleashed 1 trillion gallons of water on Houston and the surrounding areas, wreaking havoc and causing $100 billion in damages, Texans did what Texans do best – we stood strong. People used every resource they had to help others in need, proving that Texas is still the greatest place on earth to live.
At Beth Ferester & Company, we all helped in every way we could in the early phases of the disaster, and now we are determined to assess where the needs are greatest as we go forward. As soon as practical, we will consult with experts and will host seminars, which you will all be invited to.
We are very positive about the recovery and we will be Ferester Strong in helping to rebuild our communities. We have summarized our Ferester Flood Reflief Plan below.
Serve our Community
The following links will provide useful information in the wake of Hurricane Harvey…
Houston Chronicle – High Values, Dry Homes
HAR – Hurricane Harvey Hammers Houston Housing
Bloomberg – How Harvey Will Affect Houston’s Housing Market
CNBC: Harvey’s Hit to Mortgages Four Times Worse Than Predicted
Houston Chronicle: Are Harvey Losses Tax Deductible
CPA Journal: Tax and Financial Implications of Disaster
Wall Street Journal: Get a Disaster Tax Break While You Can
IRS: Tax Relief to Hurricane Harvey Victims
HAR’s Post-Harvey Temporary Housing Database
FEMA’s Post-Harvey Flood Insurance Claims
FEMA Fact Sheet: What to Expect when Registering for Disaster Assistance
FEMA Fact Sheet: How to Save Damaged Personal Treasures
FEMA Fact Sheet: Texas Renters May Be Eligible for Federal Help
FEMA Fact Sheet: Questions About your Determination Letter
FEMA Fact Sheet: Donate and Volunteer Wisely
FEMA Fact Sheet: NFIP ‘Substantial Damage’ Defined
FEMA Fact Sheet: Home Inspections for Harvey Survivors
FEMA Fact Sheet: Critical Needs Assistance
FEMA Fact Sheet: Register with FEMA even if you have Insurance
FEMA Fact Sheet: FEMA Clean and Removal Assistance
Please contact us with any specific needs you may have or names of individual families who need immediate help. Each of our 15 agents is committed to raising enough money to help one family each. Beth Ferester & Company will supplement these funds, as well.