Hurricane Harvey - Roundtable Response
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Roundtable President and CEO Jeffrey DeBoer expressed concern about the Hurricane Harvey disaster and its victims, encouraging Roundtable Members to participate in relief efforts.  He also stated, "We will be engaged as legislation moves on Capitol Hill this fall to appropriate funds for Harvey Relief, extend and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (scheduled to expire on September 30), and adopt programs that foster resilient and cost-effective infrastructure and housing re-development in flood-prone areas. "

Words cannot convey our profound concern and empathy for the millions of people impacted by the catastrophe wrought by Hurricane Harvey.

Lives, families and communities have been harmed beyond imagination. Emergency responders and volunteers are again the heroes that make all of us proud.

As an organization thousands of miles away it is difficult to see how we might be of assistance. But, we must help assist families today and help facilitate recovery for the future.

All members of The Real Estate Roundtable, and everyone involved in the broader real estate industry, must pause and immediately provide assistance (financial and otherwise) to those families and businesses in urgent need.

Here is a list of food banks and charities accepting donations, including the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.

In addition to providing organizational financial support to appropriate relief organizations, The Real Estate Roundtable also has activated our industry public-private information sharing partnership with the federal government (Real Estate Information Sharing and Analysis Center – REISAC) in an effort to provide ongoing updates on a range of critical matters arising from Harvey’s landfall, such as search and rescue efforts by the Texas National Guard; anticipated flooding in New Orleans as the storm’s impact moves eastward; refuge information provided by the Red Cross; energy disruptions; and phishing scams on social media.

We will continue to help facilitate the communication of critical developing information. For more detail, please visit the REISAC website here.

The needs of the flood victims and affected communities will change in the coming months, as damage becomes even more clear and the Harvey response effort evolves.

In our role as a leading advocate for the U.S. real estate industry, The Roundtable intends to double down on efforts with our allied organizations to urge Washington policymakers to quickly adopt and implement policies that will not only enable the region’s robust resurgence, but also limit the damage and risks that could arise from the next, inevitable natural disaster that strikes the U.S.

We will be engaged as legislation moves on Capitol Hill this fall to appropriate funds for Harvey Relief, extend and reform the National Flood Insurance Program (scheduled to expire on September 30), and adopt programs that foster resilient and cost-effective infrastructure and housing re-development in flood-prone areas.

For our members in the area impacted by Hurricane Harvey, you are uppermost in our thoughts. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Jeffrey D. DeBoer
President and CEO
The Real Estate Roundtable
801 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Suite 720
Washington, DC 20004
202-639-8400

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