Houston, TX (Sept. 6, 2017) – The relief division of The Islamic Circle of North America, ICNA Relief USA is responding to the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in Texas with over 300 volunteers.
ICNA Relief volunteers put up over 10,000 hours just in the first week of the disaster. The team has begun cleanup by gutting and mucking out flooded homes as well as helping survivors retrieve belongings. ICNA Relief has also been distributing food, hygiene kits, and house hold items. Apart from Houston some of the other cities served are Beaumont, Port Arthur, Corpus Christi and Katy.
ICNA President Javaid Siddiqui and ICNA Relief’s Assistant Executive Director Abdulrauf Khan have also joined ICNA Relief’s Harvey relief efforts over the weekend.
Mass feeding twice per day along with home delivery to senior and disabled residents has been established. Case managers have also started training volunteers to help process insurance and government aid for owners of destroyed homes.
The volunteers are trained daily by ICNA Relief’s National Disaster Relief staff on recovery skills and safety.
ICNA Relief is coordinating with other faith based organizations via National Voluntary Organizations Active In Disaster (VOAD). It is also collaborating with the Islamic Society of Greater Houston to set up temporary shelters and assist hurricane evacuees.
Although it was Eid al-Adha, a major festival for Muslims, ICNA Relief volunteers came out to work with the National Guard at NRG Stadium to serve those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Like millions of people around the globe, ICNA’s leadership and members are processing the heartbreaking news of a 7.8 earthquake and aftershocks that wreaked havoc