Hurricane Harvey, which killed more than 90 people in the Houston area, destroyed hundreds of thousands of homes and displaced more than 30,000 people, was the costliest tropical cyclone on record.
Because the storm stalled, many areas received more than 40 inches of rain over a four-day period, causing catastrophic flooding.
One of the millions of people affected by the storm was Jeffrey L., who to this day is haunted by the sights and sounds he experienced during this horrendous weather event.
“Imagine a freight train traveling at 60, 65 miles per hour,” he said. “For 10 hours straight. Non-stop. It just doesn’t stop.”
That’s what it sounded like to Jeffrey when epic amounts of rainfall flooded the area. Some of his relatives were among those who lost everything in the storm.
Jeffrey pulled through for one reason. He was prepared.
“It was ingrained in me by my parents at a very early age,” he said. “Be prepared. Every year at the beginning of June or end of May, when the official announcement came out for the hurricane season, we would make a special grocery store trip. That’s what we would do. We’d get all of our supplies.
“This time, we knew Harvey was coming to this area. That’s when stores started to get lines forming and people started preparing. There were some folks where this was their first time, and they weren’t necessarily getting the right things. They were getting water, but not many long-term items.”
Jeffrey knew exactly which supplies to purchase. But he had another advantage.
“I’ve been buying products from 4Patriots for, I’d say, about a year and a half. Having something like stew or the potato soup or the chicken and rice, which is my favorite… the food’s good. It’s solid. It’s healthy. It’s nutritious.
“I had some supplies from 4Patriots, so I was good. And I can’t stress that enough. Even if you never touch what you bought, even if it stays in the closet or garage or wherever you store it, it’s peace of mind. So, get ready. Get a plan. It’s up to you, and it’s up to me.”