Blinded Veterans Urged to Prepare for Impending Storms

The Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) today expressed concern that the members of the organization and their families, as well as all other veterans with vision loss who live on the southern Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, take all of the necessary precautions in preparing for the effects of Tropical Storm Harvey, which is expected to strengthen to a hurricane before landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast late Friday.

“We urge all of our veteran friends and families, especially in the areas of the Greater Houston and Louisiana Regional Groups, to closely follow local news advisories by keeping their cellular telephones and portable radios adequately charged,” said BVA Executive Director Al Avina. “We advise them to evacuate when necessary and protect themselves and their families first and foremost.”

Harvey is expected to stall or meander for a few days, leading to dangerous flood conditions in parts of Texas and Louisiana. Hurricane, tropical storm, and storm surge watches have been issued for parts of Texas and Louisiana that will extend into early next week.

Last week Valerie Beynon, Access Coordinator at the Bureau of Preparedness and Response at the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Emergency Preparedness and Community Support, addressed the topic “Preparing for a Disaster” at an educational session hosted by BVA’s 72nd National Convention in Jacksonville. Beynon shared the following Internet links related to emergency preparedness with the attendees at her session.

About the Blinded Veterans Association:
The Blinded Veterans Association, the only Veterans Service Organization exclusively dedicated to serving America’s blind and visually impaired veterans, was founded during World War II to help blinded veterans access the benefits they have earned as a result of their service to the nation. The organization is chartered by Congress to be the official voice to speak on behalf of blind veterans. BVA offers a wide range of services to help veterans and their families meet the challenges of blindness.