EHS Response to Harvey

Dear EHS Students and Parents,

I pray that the storm recovery continues to proceed as well as possible for you and your families. Thankfully, all in our community remain healthy. Please continue to make use of the resources we've posted on the web page EHS Response to Harvey if you have assets to contribute to the recovery or needs that remain unmet.

  • Many of you have asked about makeup days. Please know that we continue to work with our accrediting body as to whether we will need makeup days, but do know that the Columbus Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas holidays will proceed as planned.
  • For the foreseeable future we will host classes from our neighboring Post Oak School in the Convent and B Building while they recover from the recent flooding on their campus. Details will be forthcoming through School email, but please do take extra care when driving on and around the ellipse and parking garage.

Thank you for remaining as flexible and as patient as possible with yourselves, your friends and neighbors, and our School in the coming weeks. All of us are working toward the same end, and I am certain there will be a range of opinions as to the best means to that end. Please communicate directly with me via email if you wish to discuss any aspect of this plan, so that our faculty and staff may continue to focus on ensuring that the coming weeks are the best they can be for our students.

Please consider joining us in a prayer from the Book of Common Prayer:

Direct us, O Lord, in all our doings with your most gracious favor, and further us with your continual help; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in you, we may glorify your holy name, and finally, by your mercy, obtain everlasting life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

We are here, we stand together, and we will continue to support each other as we rebuild.

Go Knights,

Ned Smith
Head of School

For EHS-Specific Offers of Support or Requests for Assistance:

Send Us Your Current Status

EHS parents and students, please consider sending a brief note of your current status or needs to your Grade Level Dean ( 9th-Eric Lerch, 10th-Meghan Moake, 11th-Wayne Jones, 12th-Jessica Adams ), Dean of Spiritual Life Reverend Kochenburger, Dean of Students Kim Randolph, Assistant Head of School Nancy Eisenberg, or Head of School Ned Smith.

Parents may also contact Dean of Parent Programs John Colello and Alumni can email Director of Alumni Margaret Young with updates or questions.

For Diocesan-Wide Offers of Support or Requests for Assistance:

"I Need Help" or "I Want to Help"- Click link to form below

Immediate Response Coordination Form

Clicking the link above connects you to the help and need for help database across the Houston area. It only takes a few minutes, and records your name, location and contact information, skills and abilities, and ministry preferences, or specific needs that will help us to help you to get connected with Diocesan resources as well as EHS resources.

*NEW* Harvey Crisis Response Guide

Impact and Heroic Phases, Spiritual First Aid, & Compassion Fatigue

Volunteer Curriculum: Ready to Serve with Compassion

Emotional Life Cycle of a Disaster

Ministering to Teens After a Disaster

Ministering to Adults After a Disaster

How To: Volunteer Orientation

Facts: House Bill 1774

IRS Tax Relief for Harvey

EHS Knights Stepping Up to Help Out

#KnightsStandOut #TexasStrong

I want to Contribute to the Diocese of Texas Relief Fund for support of those in need in Houston and affected areas on the Texas coast:

Donate to flood relief: Diocese of Texas, click here

I would like to contribute to the Episcopal Relief and Development's Hurricane Harvey Fund to assist with all areas affected by Hurricane Harvey: click here

August 30, 2017 Harvey Update

From Bishop Andy Doyle
Includes: Bishop’s message, Stages of Disaster, How to Connect, Spiritual Care Teams, Resources

Today, from Palacios to Liberty and Orange, we are faced with continued rising water, flooding and chemical leaks; meanwhile, our neighbors in East Texas and Louisiana are being hammered by Harvey. Those in west Houston have their eyes on the levees, which are due to crest sometime Thursday at 56 feet. Additionally, there is another low in the Gulf of Mexico that may become Tropical Storm or Hurricane Jose by Sunday or Monday.

Our prayers are for those who wait and watch and weep today for loss of life, home and livelihood. We pray for those who are in the midst of the storm and who await rescue and relief. In the meantime those who are able are helping those who are dependent upon the kindness of others. One of the most heartening things about this horrific weather event is witnessing neighbors helping neighbors in both small and enormous ways.

Episcopal Relief and Development’s president, Rob Radke, has said understanding the phases of a disaster can be helpful in determining how one can offer help. Most disasters have three distinct, if possible overlapping phases: rescue, relief and recovery.

Phase 1 - Rescue
The Rescue phase is focused on saving lives and securing property, and is most acute in those parts of a region that are directly flooded. Police, fire departments and other government agencies are best able to do this work. They have equipment that can clear roads and debris and find people. The Rescue phase can take one to two weeks, sometimes longer. In the case of Harvey, the disaster continues so the Rescue phase is taking place in the midst of the crisis.

Phase 2 - Relief
The next is the Relief phase. Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) and our partners began preparing for this phase as soon as it was clear how massive Harvey was going to be. During this phase, the local church will be one of the first places people go to seek assistance and shelter. Because they are prepared and experienced in disaster response, we know that our partners in Texas and elsewhere will be active in the Relief phase. This is where ERD is focusing its resources right now.

Phase 3 - Recovery
Eventually, we get to the third and final phase: Recovery. During this period, the emphasis shifts to restoring services, repairing houses and buildings, returning individuals to self-sufficiency and rebuilding communities. The challenge of the Recovery phase is that most of the television cameras have moved on, but the human suffering has grown. It is a chronic state, not a crisis. However, it is the phase in which the Church excels, because we are part of the communities that have been impacted and can best identify needs and work with the community to address them efficiently.

This is a helpful reminder that what we are engaged in is a response that is immediate as we move from rescue, to short-term as we help with relief, and long term as we put our shoulders to the work of recovery across the fifty counties affected by the storm. More than 30,000 people are now in shelters and that number grows hourly.

How to Connect
We are most grateful for the initiative of our Dean, the Very Rev. Barkley Thompson, who has gathered the cardinal rectors in Houston as a network for relief and restoration efforts across Greater Houston.

"Six of Houston's largest Episcopal parishes--Christ Church Cathedral, St. Martin's, St. John the Divine, St. Mark's, Palmer Memorial, St. Francis, and Holy Spirit--have laid the groundwork for these efforts,” Dean Thompson said. “Christy Orman, who regularly serves as director of the Cathedral Urban Service Experience (CUSE) program, has been designated Hurricane Relief Coordinator and will chart assets that these six parishes can bring to bear upon hurricane relief, both immediately and in the longer term. Christy is also fielding calls and emails from the many Episcopal parishes, schools and other organizations—within and outside of the Diocese—and logging offers of aid, assistance and need. Finally, Christy is actively connecting with aid and relief agencies throughout the city to gauge places of need and will begin to connect these in the most efficient manner as soon as is viable,” he added.

Orman’s contact information is:, 713.590.3313 (O) and or 832.915.0223 (M).

Our churches in need of help should contact the Rev. Canon Joann Saylors with specific needs so that we can put the appropriate team of diocesan staff together for you. She will coordinate with Orman and our disaster relief coordinator, the Ven. Russ Oechsel.

Be Safe and Donate
Your donations will ensure that the Diocese of Texas and Episcopal Relief and Development have the resources to help our most vulnerable neighbors immediately. Contribute to EDOT or ERD today. Many churches are also accepting donations. In the past, we have helped thousands of people through Episcopal Relief and Development and we are grateful for this continued partnership and for the help they offer us today.

Be a Neighbor and Help a Neighbor
While the danger still remains, serve your neighbors. If you are in a flood-affected area, roll up your sleeves and help the people next door. If you are good shape, find a shelter where you can serve. If you are outside the affected area and are interested in helping in the long term, register your availability, gifts and capacity to help with our coordinator, Christy Orman (see note above).

To be good stewards of our gifts of time, treasure and talent, it is important to be patient, even in the face of great need, so that we can best utilize what is offered where there is a need. Another option for volunteers is to register with Episcopal Relief & Development’s Ready to Serve database. This list of volunteers will be shared with the impacted dioceses once they are ready to use and support volunteers.

Make sure you know what is needed and only donate what a shelter requests. Make sure you have an outlet for any donations your church may take in and that you have a delivery mechanism. Our experience in Texas after many disasters is that halls get cluttered with good intentions and used clothing that is not helpful. So, be clear about the list, where it goes and who is going to use it.

Financial donations can always be used to purchase exactly what is needed locally in any situation and also allow for stimulation of the local economy, which needs to recover as well. This is a great article about the challenges of communities receiving donated goods.