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“The darkest moments of our lives are not to be buried and forgotten, rather they are a memory to be called upon for inspiration to remind us of the unrelenting human spirit and our capacity to overcome the intolerable.” V. Lombardi

After 52 inches and 25 trillion gallons of rain over a four-day period of time, Hurricane Harvey has left Houston. Behind, it left tremendous destruction and loss of life. The death toll continues to rise as the waters recede, and by some estimates we have sustained over $200billion of damage that will take between 7- 9 years to repair—and in many instances, being able to repair a loss, will be impossible.

It would be easy to share more stories that talk about its devastation and impact, but we at NFPCCmp;A believe the real story is the one of heroism and the “unrelenting spirit and capacity to overcome the intolerable.”.

What Harvey has shown us is the lines we sometimes draw between ourselves mean nothing during times like this. The HEROES we saw – and are still seeing —did not care what political party you were from; what religious background you had; the color of your skin; or where you live. This heroism we saw was for EVERYONE and given out as fast as it could be given.

Arthur Ashe said it best:

“True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but to serve others at whatever cost.”

Heroism during Harvey included: First responders working continuously for days on end with little sleep and no change of clothes; deputies and officers leaving their wives and loved ones while going out to save those they could—and many having their houses flooded while away; hundreds of people being
rescued in the worst of circumstances — animals too; shelters being set up all over the city and being staffed by volunteers who had been impacted themselves; communities coming together; and thousands of heroes coming in from all over the state to help a city they sometimes compete against.

And so much more! That’s the TRUE STORY down here in Houston—and it’s a story we should all keep close… even after Harvey is a forgotten memory.

We at Longnecker were blessed. We all had minor issues we have had to deal with, and one of our consultants did get flooded. Our office was never effected, and we are all back at it. We each feel overwhelming gratitude, and consequently, we are playing our part in helping our neighbors and this great city on its way back to recovery.

Finally, a special thanks to all of you that checked on us—hundreds of calls, texts and emails. It was humbling and ENCOURAGING! It was great knowing so many had us in their thoughts and prayers.


Brent, Chris, Kevin & the NFPCCmp;A Team

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