Now is the time to prepare for Hurricane Season

Forecasters say we are about two weeks away from Hurricane Season.

VICTORIA, Texas – Hurricane Season doesn’t officially start until June 1, but now is the time to prepare.

Now is also the time to be aware of resources available in your community.

The Victoria Long-Term Recovery Group is the first regional response recovery center in the Crossroads, according to Rick Villa, the executive director of VLTRG.

25 News Now Anchor Ozzy Mora toured the massive warehouse space.

It’s a one-stop spot for volunteers to set up and partner organizations in case of a natural disaster were to occur.

“It’s all under one umbrella that’s going to assist the public going forward,” said Villa.

Villa shared the center has collaborated with more than 55 organizations to assist community members with resources during and after a disaster.

This is a place for community members can reach out if they don’t meet the qualifications for FEMA or Homeowners Insurance assistance after a disaster.

In other words, if residents are not able to receive assistance and don’t quality for either FEMA, Homeowners Insurance or individual assistance, then the center would serve as a third option.

Villa said families in the Crossroads are currently still recovering from Hurricane Harvey.

“Right now, we are working with a national organization [called] Good360 in Virginia, our communication with them is to receive two trailer loads of roof shingles,” said Villa. “We are still doing recovery projects with homeowners that were impacted by Hurricane Harvey and a number of those still need to get their roofs replaced.”

Villa also shared the recovery center is currently assisting families with plumbing issues with grant money following the winter freeze in February.

There is a current waitlist.

There is office space at the center for disaster case management and partner organizations, Villa shared.

“Every individual will get impacted from a disaster,” he said. “Some might get more severe.”

Villa does ask residents to please call prior to set up an appointment at the center.