Relocate to Wisconsin : What Houston Does and Doesn't Need.....

What Houston Does and Doesn't Need.....

   Watching the devastation on the news is it and not knowing what tomorrow brings is harder.  We all want to do something to make it bring some Harveysunshine into what are very dreary days with uncertain futures.   

      We see this country responding EVERYWHERE....and if you truly put your wallet where your heart is...there are many, many ways you can help.   Wallet

       While there may be a temptation to jump in a car...truck, etc. and put your energy into helping people...time and again right now the answer to that is...PLEASE DO NOT.  Unless you are trained in disaster are a first responder...your military background trained you for this kind of experience, you are jeapordizing your own life as well as getting in the way of others who DO know what to do and how to do it.  It is part of the "knowing what you don't know" school....this time with life threatening results. 

    There are many organizations and first responders being called from other states who are well trained and doing an exceptional job of rescuing people, offering comfort and saving lives every day.  Here is a list of some of the ways/places that you can participate in to whatever level you can.  Just click here.

 Blood donation    If you can donate blood...that doesn't cost you anything...but it could be life saving for someone else. 

   There are grocery store chains across the country that are sending truck loads of can shop from one of their lists or  just think about the things you can donate  that we see as very basic....but are so much in demand in this area right now.  From baby food and diapers and children's snacks to dish soap, shampoo,  canned fruits and vegetables, know what food drives need and whatever non perishable items you can donate are  so appreciated. 

      This is a public service post brought to you by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, Broker Associates with Keller Williams Realty.

Sally K. & David L. Hanson, ABR, CDPE, CSS, e-Pro,ILHM, REDS

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Comment balloon 22 commentsSally K. & David L. Hanson • August 31 2017 10:19AM


Good morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson .

Well said, I know I'll be doing my part.

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) 10 months ago

Actually Sally K. & David L. Hanson as they learned with is the MONEY that much of the other donations rotted in warehouses.  I encourage all to do what they can & give to a company that is donating & matching dollars like the New England Patriots link to the Red Cross:

It will help so much more...these people can't even rebuild because most don't have flood insurance.

Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) 10 months ago

Good Morning Sally K. & David L. Hanson 

Many times participating from afar brings better results. I, for one, have been praying for the entire region. 

Posted by Doug Dawes, Your Personal Realtor® (Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA) 10 months ago

I was glad to see that New York has sent many trained volunteers. This is a true disaster and you are doing a great service by getingt the word out!

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Condo & Home Sale Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) 10 months ago

Thanks for the great advice, Sally and David.  These folks need our help but we should do it wisely.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) 10 months ago

Great reminder, Sally and David, that there is the "right" way to help and the "not so right way" to be of service.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) 10 months ago

Good morning, Sally K. & David L. Hanson Gabe said, we make wise decisions about how to help...

Posted by Barbara Todaro, "Franklin MA Homes" (RE/MAX Executive Realty ) 10 months ago

Good morning Sally and David. ABC is having a telethon today and the response has been amazing. Enjoy your day knowing you helped but are not in the way!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker (Wayne M Martin) 10 months ago

Thanks so much for sharing your suggestions for helping the folks in Texas.

Posted by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs (Realty Group Referrals) 10 months ago

Many churches and other groups will be going down to help once the water  subsides.  Get your name on a list.

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) 10 months ago

Good morning, Sally and David --- this post is spot on.  The concept of "helping" is excellent but like everything -- it's all in the proper execution of the plan.  

Carol Williams -- here's another candidate from me for Second Chance Saturday should it not be featured before then.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393 (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) 10 months ago

It's heartbreaking to see the devastation on TV- and heartwarming at the same time to see so many helping 

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) 10 months ago

Having visited Houston over the last 35 years or so I would say it also needs some regulation for a city that has spiraled out of control without zoning or understanding about paving over everything. The storms are only going to get stronger.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) 10 months ago

There is an article going around facebook about all the "stuff" people send during times of disaster that actually make matters worse. Sending money and giving blood are the best ways to help.

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) 10 months ago

Such great information provided, it is really nice to see all of the good that is coming out of such tragedy, people are really stepping up to help out.

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) 10 months ago

Sally and David as you so well pointed out in this blog there is much we can do from right where we are.  Huston has enough people who need to be rescued, they do not need any more.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) 10 months ago

Sally and David- you are spot on. I saw over 100 policemen from out of state drive in to relieve the HPD. My niece's husband and others were able to go back to their homes because of this. 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) 10 months ago

That is the whole point George Souto and Kathy Streib ...people who jump in their car/truck etc. are taking away from the qualified volunteers who must be fed, have a place to stay etc......send money and let the people most qualified do what they do best !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (Keller Williams 414-525-0563) 10 months ago

These is great information Sally K. & David L. Hanson. I am glad you posted this blog.

Posted by Sybil Campbell, REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia (Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia) 10 months ago

Sally & David you are so right with this post, too many people should use their head and their wallet.... BTW I had to laugh when one of the Hollywood fools gave $25k  ... she could have afforded to dig deeper... my Vet who started her business less than a year ago gave $5k and she is just beginning....any way don't get me started...Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) 10 months ago

Very well said - we will be helping with the Red Cross which we have done before next Saturday.

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) 10 months ago

This is so true, David and Sally. We need to stay put unless we are part of a trained group to help. There are many ways to help by sending money, supplies and prayers.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) 10 months ago