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Joyful Uke
09-01-2017, 09:49 AM
I've been wondering if any UUers have been effected by Hurricane Harvey.
While ukuleles aren't at the top of the list of things that those flooded need right now, (food, shelter, clean water, clothes, and so on obviously are more critical), our ukulele community might have some people in need.

Twibbly
09-01-2017, 10:05 AM
If there are any, I suspect checking in here is not going to be high on their list of priorities for a few days.

Buuuuuut just in case - I'm out in west Texas with enough land to shove a camper onto. If anybody needs that for a few days, send me a message.

Joyful Uke
09-01-2017, 10:20 AM
If there are any, I suspect checking in here is not going to be high on their list of priorities for a few days.


True, but someone might know of someone....

And, from my own "100 year flood" experience, (not nearly as horrible as the hurricane being experienced, but still 8 feet of water in the house), sometimes you need a break from the disaster for a few moments, and look to a happier place, which could be UU.

But more likely, someone may know of someone.

Osprey
09-01-2017, 12:05 PM
We got the outer bands of rain on Tuesday and Wednesday here in NW Florida. Heavy rain and the backyard flooded but no real damage. I feel for the folks in Texas and Louisiana because I know from experience what a strong hurricane can do. I know there is an active Ukulele group in Austin. I would think that one or two would be members of UU.

actadh
09-01-2017, 01:40 PM
Not ukulele related, but it came across my FB feed that Bill Thomas Guitars will help working musicians with damaged guitars or basses. That was such a nice gesture from the music community.

"Working Texas Musicians: If your guitar or bass, electric or acoustic was damaged by the hurricane, let me know. I'll do what I can to get it back in working order. If I have the parts on hand, it'll be completely free. If I have to order parts, you'll get them at my cost. All labor will be free. Stay safe."

Mezcalero
09-02-2017, 06:47 AM
I've been wondering if any UUers have been effected by Hurricane Harvey.
While ukuleles aren't at the top of the list of things that those flooded need right now, (food, shelter, clean water, clothes, and so on obviously are more critical), our ukulele community might have some people in need.

I am in Houston! We have been among the fortunate as we did not have any water in our home. As is the case with everyone living here, we do have family members and friends who were impacted to a much, much greater degree. In my case, once our electricity was stable, I have received more than a dozen inquiries from friends I have made here on the UU forum over the last year. These gestures have had a very positive impact in my daily life as we try to digest the enormity of what has happened! I am reminded how what a great community this is! Heartfelt thanks to the UU community for all or your kind thoughts, prayers and well wishes!

Osprey
09-02-2017, 08:25 AM
Mezcalero,
Glad you escaped with minimal damage. These storms can be fickle things. Damage can very from one house to the next. Hope your friends and relatives who suffered damage get the help they need to recover.

Joyful Uke
09-02-2017, 08:33 AM
Not ukulele related, but it came across my FB feed that Bill Thomas Guitars will help working musicians with damaged guitars or basses. That was such a nice gesture from the music community.

"Working Texas Musicians: If your guitar or bass, electric or acoustic was damaged by the hurricane, let me know. I'll do what I can to get it back in working order. If I have the parts on hand, it'll be completely free. If I have to order parts, you'll get them at my cost. All labor will be free. Stay safe."

That's great to hear. The only good part of a disaster like this is seeing how people are helping one another. There is still lots of good in the world.

Joyful Uke
09-02-2017, 08:34 AM
I am in Houston! We have been among the fortunate as we did not have any water in our home. As is the case with everyone living here, we do have family members and friends who were impacted to a much, much greater degree.

So glad to see that you're OK.
Sending all the best to your family and friends who were impacted.
I've been making donations where I can, (for humans and animals), and will keep my eyes open for additional needs, too.

AndrewKuker
09-02-2017, 04:12 PM
I am in Houston! We have been among the fortunate as we did not have any water in our home. As is the case with everyone living here, we do have family members and friends who were impacted to a much, much greater degree. In my case, once our electricity was stable, I have received more than a dozen inquiries from friends I have made here on the UU forum over the last year. These gestures have had a very positive impact in my daily life as we try to digest the enormity of what has happened! I am reminded how what a great community this is! Heartfelt thanks to the UU community for all or your kind thoughts, prayers and well wishes!

Wow, good to hear you are ok and our thoughts are with your friends and family and the whole community. If you know of anyone over there that lost a uke or could use one I would love to donate some. I know it’s not a necessity like other things but it could be a source of comfort and it’s what I have. Hit me up with details at andrew@theukulelesite.com, even in the future after this isn’t the top news. It’ll be rough for quite some time for many.

Also, I was researching charities and found Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Houston Food Bank but maybe someone can chime in if they think certain ones are especially useful. It’s hard to tell sometimes but I try to go with ones in the locale.

Aloha to all our brothers and sisters in you area. Stay strong!

lakesideglenn
09-03-2017, 02:07 AM
I hope David Newton is OK. He used to make some mighty fine Ukes but now sadly only makes and repairs guitars. He's in Beaumont.

Mezcalero
09-03-2017, 05:21 AM
Thanks Osprey, Joyful Uke for your kind thoughts and well wishes.

Beaumont was a bit forgotten in the news because it happened as Harvey was leaving Houston. Unfortunately, there main water plant was flooded and as a result of supplies normally coming from Houston, they had a serious water shortage for a few days. I think they are past the critical stage now, and in some areas cleanup has begun.

Mezcalero
09-03-2017, 05:25 AM
Wow, good to hear you are ok and our thoughts are with your friends and family and the whole community. If you know of anyone over there that lost a uke or could use one I would love to donate some. I know it’s not a necessity like other things but it could be a source of comfort and it’s what I have. Hit me up with details at andrew@theukulelesite.com, even in the future after this isn’t the top news. It’ll be rough for quite some time for many.

Also, I was researching charities and found Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Houston Food Bank but maybe someone can chime in if they think certain ones are especially useful. It’s hard to tell sometimes but I try to go with ones in the locale.

Aloha to all our brothers and sisters in you area. Stay strong!

That is incredibly generous of you Andrew! Thanks, I have sent you an email! I also reached out to Eddie M. to see if there is a way to coordinate with the Ukulele Kids club/Luthiers for a Cause to get some instruments into the hands of kids who are stuck in shelters with limited fun distractions. there is a group of us here from uke meetup ready to go in and offer lessons and lead play alongs.

Joyful Uke
09-03-2017, 06:20 AM
If you know of anyone over there that lost a uke or could use one I would love to donate some. I know itís not a necessity like other things but it could be a source of comfort and itís what I have.

Fortunately I'm not one of those in need, but it was one of the things I thought about, but didn't know who might benefit, or how to do it.

Definitely not a necessity like clean water, food, shelter, and clothes, but I know it's something that would help me through a difficult time, (and has.) People will need to put their money towards the necessities, and replacing a ukulele might need to be a long ways off, but the comfort and enjoyment that it might bring do make it important.

Thank you, Andrew and HMS, for the offer to those who might benefit from it.

Continued supportive thoughts to all impacted by the hurricane. My flood was minor compared to this one, but still quite devastating, incredibly expensive, and took a long time to just get the basics back on track, (still haven't completed repairs, 4 years later), so I know that this will have an impact on people for years to come. (My ukuleles didn't get wet in my flood, and really did help me through.)

Joyful Uke
09-03-2017, 06:24 AM
Also, I was researching charities and found Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund and Houston Food Bank but maybe someone can chime in if they think certain ones are especially useful. It’s hard to tell sometimes but I try to go with ones in the locale.


For animal lovers, I've heard that the Houston SPCA is a good place to donate. I checked with some friends in Texas who are involved with animals, and that was their recommendation, and I've seen it elsewhere as well.

It is hard to tell on some of the others, but there are a lot of options, and I hope that the money goes where it is really needed.

Edited to add: While there is an influx of money right now to many organizations, they'll need assistance down the road, too, so if you can't help now but would like to, I'm sure that assistance a bit later will be greatly needed, too.

Joyful Uke
09-03-2017, 07:28 AM
That is incredibly generous of you Andrew! Thanks, I have sent you an email! I also reached out to Eddie M. to see if there is a way to coordinate with the Ukulele Kids club/Luthiers for a Cause to get some instruments into the hands of kids who are stuck in shelters with limited fun distractions. there is a group of us here from uke meetup ready to go in and offer lessons and lead play alongs.

That would be fantastic. If there is anything I can do to help, please post here.

warndt
09-03-2017, 10:08 AM
I hope David Newton is OK. He used to make some mighty fine Ukes but now sadly only makes and repairs guitars. He's in Beaumont.

I've been getting updates from David. He has been one of the very lucky ones so far, and has dodged any flooding. There are other problems he is dealing with such as a skimpy stock of food supplies at the grocery store, lack of municipal water and a nearby bridge that was taken out. He is doing OK and seems to be handling the situation with a cool head.

Mezcalero
09-03-2017, 03:07 PM
For animal lovers, I've heard that the Houston SPCA is a good place to donate. I checked with some friends in Texas who are involved with animals, and that was their recommendation, and I've seen it elsewhere as well.

It is hard to tell on some of the others, but there are a lot of options, and I hope that the money goes where it is really needed.

Edited to add: While there is an influx of money right now to many organizations, they'll need assistance down the road, too, so if you can't help now but would like to, I'm sure that assistance a bit later will be greatly needed, too.

Here is another shelter that has been helping with displaced pets ~ http://www.friends4life.org/

The greatest need once things settle down a bit is going to be finding enough people willing to foster these pets until they can be re-united with their owners or re-homed.

Ukulele Eddie
09-03-2017, 05:04 PM
That would be fantastic. If there is anything I can do to help, please post here.

Mezcalero, Andrew Kitakis (The Ukulele Site), and the LFAC/UKC team are developing a plan. We'll look to report back here as we gain clarity around how to proceed.

kohanmike
09-03-2017, 08:27 PM
I just donated to the Red Cross. Never watch the news anymore so I was late to know.

Rllink
09-04-2017, 07:11 AM
I'm in San Juan right now. Hurricane Irma is barreling down on us and if it stays on track it hits us Late Wednesday or early Thursday. We are supposed to fly back to Iowa on Thursday. We are all hoping it turns back out to sea before it hits the Leeward Islands. Maybe if it doesnt, it will stall out there. Maybe it will be nice and sunny in Thursday and we just get on the plane and fly home. We don't know at this point. But I filled my six emergency gallon jugs with fresh drinking water, bought a loaf of bread, a jar of chunky peanut butter, six cans of sliced fruit, two bottles of rum, six pack of Coca Colas, and I have a ukulele. If we get hit, we will have a hurricane party with live entertainment. But I'm betting that at the last minute it will turn.

1:15 We just got the 48hr warning. At this point, if it is going to hit us, I hope it comes through fast and doesn't stall on us.

bratsche
09-04-2017, 07:48 AM
Best of luck to you, Rllink. We're in South Florida, and spending today thinning out the trees in the front yard before tomorrow's bulk organic pickup, just in case...

bratsche

Osprey
09-04-2017, 09:45 AM
Hope you get a miss on Irma, Rlink. My wife has work colleagues in Puerto Rico and we have been watching the storm track with interest. Of course living in the Florida panhandle we are very concerned it will get into the Gulf of Mexico. Here's hoping it takes a hard turn to the North. And misses everyone.

Joyful Uke
09-08-2017, 06:30 AM
I hope that Rlink updates us when possible. (Probably no access to do so right now?)
And, to all those in the path of Irma, please keep safe, and update us when you can.

Nickie
09-08-2017, 12:36 PM
My buddy who's an RN just returned from Texas. They were able to help out. She lives in Tallahassee.
I hope Rollie was able to hunker down, sip rum, and play the heck outta that uke!
I hope we hear from him soon.

Rllink
09-09-2017, 01:37 AM
We are okay. No water or electric since Wednesday afternoon when it hit. This has been my first chance at a connection. Gotta love starbucks, they are one of the first places to open. Anyway, gotta conserve batteries. Good luck to Florida. We are hoping for water and electric today. Hoping to get out of here on Monday.

Chopped Liver
09-09-2017, 02:03 AM
Whew! Glad you are ok!

kvehe
09-09-2017, 02:22 AM
Thank goodness, Rollie! Hoping for the best for all of my Florida friends and family.

Rllink
09-09-2017, 03:18 PM
9:00 tonight we are at the corner bar drinking iced beers by candle, and all the lights came on. We finished our beers and walked home. We have electric, water, AC is still working even though it was torn from its mounts and is leaning up against a knee wall on the roof, internet is working. Three days ago we were a war zone. Tonight, we are back to business as usual. I'll sleep good tonight. Take care Florida. Hunker down.

Sharpshin
09-09-2017, 04:51 PM
I love this post!
So glad to hear!



9:00 tonight we are at the corner bar drinking iced beers by candle, and all the lights came on. We finished our beers and walked home. We have electric, water, AC is still working even though it was torn from its mounts and is leaning up against a knee wall on the roof, internet is working. Three days ago we were a war zone. Tonight, we are back to business as usual. I'll sleep good tonight. Take care Florida. Hunker down.

OhioBelle
09-10-2017, 04:35 AM
Still thinking of those impacted by Harvey who will need our thoughts, help and support for a long time to come!

Yet also thinking of Nickie in Tampa and all in the path of Irma. Hoping everyone in its path is either evacuated or bunkered-in. Be safe!

Joyful Uke
09-10-2017, 06:31 AM
Still thinking of those impacted by Harvey who will need our thoughts, help and support for a long time to come!

Yet also thinking of Nickie in Tampa and all in the path of Irma. Hoping everyone in its path is either evacuated or bunkered-in. Be safe!

I know it could be years before people recover from Harvey, and the same will be true for Irma.
Thoughts are with all those impacted.

For those in Irma's path, please update us when you can. Hoping that you and yours will stay safe.

PhilUSAFRet
09-10-2017, 07:37 AM
I live on the FL East coast. Praying for folks in the rest of the state who are not getting what we originally thought we'd get. A little water leaking into the house at the foundation of my Son's house on the mainland were we evacuated to. Going to have to get that fixed quick as soon as this thing passes. Also praying you and all your ukes will come through this ok.

Osprey
09-10-2017, 03:59 PM
Phil, Glad your OK. Hope your house on the Island came through intact
Cliff