The following is an excerpt from an article posted on Highland Community News in Aug 2017: 

“ The non-profit, humanitarian agency; Islamic Relief USA deployed 15 volunteers and staff members on August 28th to aid in the relief effort for Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas. IRUSA’s Disaster Relief Coordinator and Southern California Muslim, Faran Kharal spoke to us from Houston about the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and the efforts of his team to help displaced families.

Kharal and the rest of the Islamic Relief USA team of volunteers arrived at the mega shelter at K. Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas which was set up with 5,500 cots for evacuees who were continually being bused in. The mega shelter is expected to almost meet capacity this week. Kharal told us “The shelter was well equipped with numerous agencies, providing medical care, food, clothing and baby care items. Many evacuees had no luggage and many had medical issues that needed care.”

Kharal and the IRUSA team were in charge of many tasks according to their skillset. A CNA and other medical professionals worked in the infirmary treating and overlooking those injured in the disaster, while others did administrative and donation center work. At the shelter, Kharal was in charge of a process called intake, which involved touring and guiding new evacuees get acquainted with the shelter and the various services provided by the agencies in the shelter.  The team worked alongside other agencies to provide the much-needed help. ”

 

Read the full post on Highland Community News

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