So far, Hurricane Harvey has dumped an unprecedented 11 trillion gallons of water in the Gulf Coast area. As the rains continue to fall, calls for help continue to pour in—according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, authorities have received nearly 70,000 so far. Unfortunately, emergency resources in Houston, like in other cities, are geared toward day-to-day emergencies—not the sort of “500-year flood” the area is experiencing now.
Recognizing they could help fulfill an urgent need, Springfield, Mo.-based Bass Pro has donated more than 80 Tracker boats to assist rescue and relief efforts in areas impacted by the storm.
In addition to the Tracker boats, which will go to government agencies and rescue organizations, Bass Pro has sent more than $40,000 in relief supplies to the area, including boxes of peanuts and beef jerky for emergency responders. The company has also stepped up to assist employees of its three Houston locations with critical living expenses through its Bass Pro Cares fund.