NACAC extends its deepest sympathies to colleagues, students, and others in Texas, Florida, and other areas who have been affected by the catastrophic rains and dangerous floodwaters caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Officials estimate that flooding and damage from Harvey — now categorized as a tropical storm — will ultimately force 30,000 men, women, and children from their homes, and the region’s full recovery may take years. Florida residents are just returning to flooded homes, schools, and businesses. Nearly 4.5 million people across the state remain without power.
A tropical storm warning was issued for the first time ever in Atlanta, and school was canceled in communities around the state, according to the Associated Press.
NACAC encourages US colleges, universities, and others involved in the college admission process to show flexibility to students whose communities have been affected by the storm. Please be mindful that students in storm-affected areas may now need extra time, support, and counseling as they apply to colleges.
Schools and colleges caught in the storms’ path may also need support as they begin recovery efforts.
Looking for ways to help? Consider donating to the Red Cross today. And please be aware that the Texas Association for College Admission Counseling (TACAC) has created a Hurricane Harvey Relief fund. All funds collected until the end of September will be donated to the high schools and colleges affected by Harvey.
NACAC’s website will continue to be updated with information about recovery efforts in the affected areas.