Hardin County Strong was initially formed under the guidance, and through the vision of
County Judge Wayne McDaniel, to serve our county's Harvey-impacted community.
In 2005 Hardin County was greatly impacted by Hurricane Rita, and again in 2008 by Hurricane Ike. Following those storms, there was not an organized recovery effort dedicated to serving our impacted community or one made up of local individuals, organizations and businesses committed to working recovery for the long term. Recovery was slow, frustrating and, because of a lack of organized
local resources and assistance, many families never recovered and walked away.
The widespread devastation of TS Harvey created a need for a long term recovery team right here at home. Recovery is hard and navigating through the required paperwork, documentation, and reconstruction of a damaged home can be an overwhelming process all by itself. You can imagine how difficult this can be for those without insurance coverage, proper tools/technology or general "know how." Hardin County Strong worked to become aware of and monitor the disaster-related needs of our community post-Harvey. We were a clearinghouse for all organizations and people with a desire to assist in the Harvey recovery effort. We pulled in resources and rallied for the "Three M's" of recovery:
Money - Manpower - Materials
We began recovery in early 2018 with over 500 cases. We completed and closed our last Harvey case in August 2020. Today we remain a sustainable long term recovery team and continue to serve our community through various projects and initiatves.
Here's an overview of the work we did, in service to our Harvey-impacted households:
(keep scrolling to see more of our Harvey Recovery initiatives)