2017 Hurricane Harvey


The Navy League of the United States is committed to assist the Areas affected by Hurricane Harvey that impact the Sea Services. FEMA and the Red Cross are assisting the people in the affected locations. The US Coast Guard, NOAA and local agencies and public efforts to assist with the facilitation of immediate emergent search and rescue efforts.

Safety first. The NLUS is assisting in the affected areas and continue to standby for further updates and for request from the United States Coast Guard and Sea Services.

As President of PBC on behalf of the BOD and Officers I would like to update you on Hurricane Harvey.  Harvey continues to pound Houston and surrounding areas. As your President and National Director I am appealing to our membership to remain devoted to our mission. Safety first get to the highest ground with your family and friends if you are in any of the affected areas of Harvey or its path of destruction. Seek shelter and make sure you will be seen if trying to evacuate with dire conditions prevailing. Conserve your resources. Help is on the way. Our thoughts and prayers remain with all the families, workers, volunteers, donors, public and private . As resources are delivered and supplied Our Navy League stands strong together. Please assist in any way possible. Be generous with your donations. Send checks to Palm Beach put a memo for Hurricane Harvey assistance for sea services to assist with their needs. Texas Governor instructs “Corpus Christi and Houston Counties to evacuate when you are ordered, avoid rising water and take care of each other.”

We are in this together and will support all efforts. This condition has claimed 8 lives so far. The numbers are expected to rise. The U.S.C.G. has called out for assistance and will be continuing with deployments from around the Country. The USCG Auxiliary has been requesting qualified members for deployment to assist. Requests are for deployments are long term, until the areas can be transferred back to their local and state government.

So many lives touched and affected with supplies needed in the impacted areas. Please remain devoted to our Sea Services and their families that are deployed or standing watch right here to do back fill work. The days and nights are long. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Houston airports remain closed. Southeast Texas continues with catastrophic life threatening conditions due to flooding. Over 27 plus inches yesterday. of record breaking rainfall in Texas. Winds are picking up the Rockport sustained flooding in Houston and when Harvey touched down it was a Category 4 Hurricane.

Sonia Foster President              NLUS Palm Beach Council

For Donations please send checks payable to NLUS. Please include in the memo Hurricane Harvey relief.

C/O Jeanne Ellinport
2300 Wilson Blvd
Arlington, VA

August 28, 2017
Fellow Navy League Members,
As Hurricane Harvey continues its relentless destruction, our organization is very concerned about the safety and wellbeing of our members, sea service personnel and all families in the path of its destruction. Over the weekend, we were actively engaged by our Coast Guard in the Houston region and stand ready to assist as needed. We will continue to receive updates and advise you as to how and where we can offer help.
One Coast Guard Commander said to us over the weekend, "Everyone's proud of their people, but landing a helicopter today in a flooded parking lot, soccer field, in the middle of a highway, and so on and so forth, to facilitate their arrival at the unit so they could fly missions all day and, currently, into the night was probably one of the most proud, humbling moments of my life, knowing that some of them were having to put their own efforts to save their belongings aside."
A Coast Guard Captain also said, "Our crews will continue to work until everyone is rescued, regardless of the conditions of their own homes. I know they will appreciate anything that can be done to support them. Thank you so much for all that the Navy League does."
For these first-responders, it is mission first and we are all so very proud of their selfless dedication to duty. The Coast Guard relies on you, our members, and our distinguished councils to help in severe situations such as this one. They know that the Navy League is ready - at the local and national levels - to do whatever we can to support our sea services and their families. I personally cannot express enough gratitude to each member of the Navy League for all you do during challenging times like this one.
We will keep you apprised as information is sent to us, and we ask that any outlying Navy League councils near the affected areas prepare to offer assistance as needed. Please contact me directly at akaplan@navyleague.org, our field and membership lead, Jennifer Thompson, jthompson@navyleague.org, or contact headquarters at (703) 528-1775 to offer assistance or for any updates. We will continue to receive updates and advise you as to how and where we can offer help.
Our prayers are with you all.

Alan Kaplan
National President
Navy League of the United States
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200
Arlington, VA  22201

August 30, 2017

Dear Navy League Members,

As we watch the horror wrought by Hurricane Harvey unfold, our thoughts and prayers are with all those in harm's way. 

When asked what we could do to help our Coast Guard personnel in Harvey's path, Capt. Marshall Branch, commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Savanna, Ga., said in an email to us earlier today, "As of this moment, I'm still not sure exactly what our needs are, but I imagine they will be more evident in the next 2-3 days. There are few that escaped loss in that area. I promise that I will continue to work with the local commands and forward all requests up to you. Thank you again for your amazing support, the Navy League is a blessing to our sea services!" Since Harvey hit, the Coast Guard has rescued more than 4,361 people and 113 pets. 

We also have almost 1,000 Navy League members in four councils affected by this storm and we've reached out to the council and region presidents to see how we, as an organization, can assist as they and their families begin to recover from this epic storm. 

A Coast Guard aircrew assists an infant during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston Metro Area Aug. 29, 2017. The Coast Guard has pulled assets and resources from across the country to create a sustainable response force. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chase Redditt)

We will continue our dialog with Capt. Branch and others in the region, and keep you apprised as their needs become clearer. In the meantime, the Houston Chronicle has compiled a list of local organizations currently providing relief to victims of the storm, should you want to donate and/or volunteer. 

Thank you for all that you do! 

Alan Kaplan
National President
Navy League of the United States
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 200
Arlington, VA  22201