As the largest manufacturing association in America, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) spends a great deal of time in Texas, home to the second most manufacturing jobs in America and, in particular Houston, the hub of America’s energy renaissance.
In addition to serving these workers and our companies in the state as the NAM’s regional representative, NAM Senior Director of Member Relations Brittany Seabury calls Texas home. She’s a resident of the Houston area and grew up just about three hours outside the city in Troy, Texas.
Since Harvey hit Texas, Brittany has watched as her neighbors’ homes submerged, as her community was decimated and as families lost everything. But she says that she could not be prouder to be a Texan at this time—to witness so many of her neighbors pitching in to help. Indeed, so many of us have watched from afar as Texans’ resilience has powered them forward.
Brittany is among the many Texans who have stepped up in a big way to help their neighbors. She assisted with dispatching at the Houston Harvey Search and Rescue and with the Texas and Cajun Navy, an ad hoc volunteer group made up of private boat owners to assist in rescue efforts. Even when high waters meant she couldn’t leave her own neighborhood, she was at work on her computer managing emergency rescue calls.
Brittany’s family also pitched in to assist families who have either lost their pets or found someone else’s through the Austin Pets Alive Organization and Safe K9. Then, she organized her a group of neighbors to prepare and distribute lunches to some of the hardest hit areas of the city and families working to repair their homes.
She’s also helping to lead the NAM’s relief efforts, working with our state partners, the Texas Association of Business and the Texas Association of Manufacturers, to identify needs, coordinate assistance and provide long-term support for those in the manufacturing family affected by the storm.
Americans have been inspired by the heroic and selfless acts of average citizens in Houston and along the Gulf Coast. I’m proud to say a member of our NAM family is among them, and we’re going to support Brittany in every way we can—even as she lets us know how we can support our members and the broader relief effort.
The Gulf Coast has a long, long way to go to recover, and there will be many needs long after the cameras leave. Financial contributions to the American Red Cross can be made here, and in-kind contributions can be offered here.
If you’re a manufacturer who can help the recovery in some way, or you’re a manufacturer in southeast Texas and need assistance, visit the Texas Association of Business’s resource center here or contact us at 1-800-814-8468.
Our efforts are only just beginning, and we’ll keep you posted on the latest from Houston. And Brittany will periodically report on how manufacturers—and all NAM members—can continue helping those in need.
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