Houston, Texas — Tropical Storm Allison
On Saturday, June 9, 2001, Tropical Storm Allison moved out of the Gulf of Mexico and into eastern Texas and western Louisiana. The storm stalled just inshore and brought over three feet of rainfall to parts of the greater Houston area between June 9 and June 11. Over twenty people were killed and over 20,000 homes were flooded as a result of the storm.
During the worst of the storm and flooding, over 15,000 people were housed in over 400 shelters. The initial damage estimates in the Houston area exceeded $1 billion. On June 9, a twenty-eight county area in southeast Texas was declared a Federal disaster area. In response to network and emergency relief needs, NDR activated its Dallas Emergency Operations Center and deployed team members and equipment to the Houston area.
One Tuesday, June 12, an Emergency Communications Vehicle (ECV) was released from the network recovery effort and was deployed to a shelter at Kirby Middle School. NDR used its satellite capabilities to provide free phone service for disaster victims at the shelter. On Tuesday afternoon, the ECV was moved to a shelter at San Jacinto College where it remained until 8 PM CDT.
Phone bank at Kirby.
The ECV provided phone service for a shelter at the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church throughout Wednesday, June 13. Many of the shelter victims were able to file their initial claims with FEMA using the phone service provided by AT&T over the ECV satellite link.
The ECV, and its support team, were released from duty and left Houston at 8 AM CDT on Thursday. Over 2500 free calls were placed through the ECV phone banks during the Tropical Storm Allison deployment.