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Convoy of Hope: only Katrina relief compared to 2017 efforts

Hurricane Harvey nearing landfall in Texas.  (Image Source: NASA / NOAA GOES Project / MGN)
Hurricane Harvey nearing landfall in Texas. (Image Source: NASA / NOAA GOES Project / MGN)(KALB)
Published: Jan. 8, 2018 at 10:07 PM CST
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2017’s natural disasters caused an estimated $306.2 billion in damages, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That total dwarfed the next closest year by more than $90 billion.

Convoy of Hope, headquartered in Springfield, was on the front lines of the relief efforts.

"The only thing that comes close to comparing to 2017 is Hurricane Katrina," Convoy of Hope spokesperson Jeff Nene said.

Convoy gave out $12 million worth of food, water and supplies just in the back half of 2017 as they responded to two massive hurricanes and other disasters. They say they put together more than 10 million meals.

"We learned that we can respond to multiple severe disasters at the same time and do it efficiently," Nene said.

Their Springfield facility is still very active. They say they're sending out five truckloads of supplies every day to places like Houston and Puerto Rico.

"We can handle another year like 2017, but we prefer not to,” Nene said. “The main reason is we don't want to see people go through that type of hardship again."