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Champion Energy: A Message Regarding Hurricane Harvey

Fellow Texans,

For many of us, the days since Hurricane Harvey made landfall have been among the most difficult of our lives. We have all seen homes damaged or destroyed. Even worse, some of us have lost loved ones.

While it’s always saddening to hear about a natural disaster or tragedy occurring somewhere in the world, this is different. Texas is our home. Both Champion Energy and our parent company Calpine are headquartered in Houston, and many of our employees and families have been affected by this storm.

Texans are strong and resilient people. Many of you have put yourselves in harm’s way helping your neighbors. The news coverage seen around the globe has shown the world how we care for one another and the risks we are willing to take for total strangers in need. The world has seen our resolve and we are not done helping each other yet. We will get through this disaster and we will lift each other up to rebuild, just as we have in the past.

Champion Energy started in Houston so it is no surprise that roughly half of our residential customers live in the greater Houston area and along the Gulf Coast. You’ve been there for us. We are here for you.

For our part, Champion Energy is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross – Texas Gulf Coast Region for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in our community. Moreover, we are committed to working with you through this hardship by waiving late fees and extending payment terms to anyone affected by Hurricane Harvey. And we’re doubling our donation match to the Power Partners fund to $2 for every $1 donated, matching up to $10,000 per individual donor.

I am a Texan and have lived here most of my life. Like you, I know what we’re made of; now the rest of the world does, too. While grieving over what has been lost, I am certain that Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast will remain the strong and vibrant community we love.

If you’re interested in learning more about the American Red Cross or donating, visit http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast.

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Michael Sullivan
President & CEO
Champion Energy

How To Cope After A Natural Disaster


“I feel overwhelmed.”

You may be feeling overwhelmed by recent storm events. It helps to know that you are not alone.

Over half Champion Energy’s customers and most of our employees live in counties impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Even if you weren’t directly impacted by the storm, living through a major crisis or even watching it on television, produces many different types of feelings.

You may feel anxiety, depression, confusion and tension. You may find it hard to function, or have trouble making decisions. You may want to talk to somebody to decide “where do I start?”

The United Way of Houston has created an excellent guide, “After the Storm.”  Download a copy and share it with friends and family.  While developed for the Houston area, it also includes checklists as a starting place.

https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/assets/uploads/documents/news-publications/Greater-Houston-after-the-storm-2017.pdf

Wherever you are in Texas, you can dial 211 and reach the United Way Helpline.  This line an answered 24/7 and an agent can direct you to local resources.

(Remember, in the case of an emergency, always dial 911)

Repairing a Storm Damaged Home

When you are planning a renovation, time is on your side. You can carefully select and vet contractors.  When a natural disaster occurs, immediate repairs are sometimes unavoidable.  Stress from the storm may make it difficult for you to make decisions clearly. Six months from now, you don’t want to be thinking “Why, oh why did I hire that guy?”

  • File a damage report with FEMA- FEMA Assistance
  • Contact your homeowners insurance or renters insurance company to check on your coverage.

NOTE:  If you rent your home, your rights are protected, and your landlord is required to make repairs in a timely manner.  Visit Texas Attorney General Office – Tenant Rights for more information.

  • Assess the damage; document everything with pictures.
  • Flood waters may have included sewage or chemicals.  It’s important to remove wet items from the home to avoid mold and respiratory issues. If you are able, remove damaged sheetrock from your walls and remove carpeting.
  • Select a Contractor:
    • Select contractors that are licensed, insured and reputable. Many times after a disaster, contractors will travel from other states to work on homes. Make sure you know who you are dealing with by contacting their licensing agency to confirm they are legitimate.
    • Ask for insurance information. Certificates of Insurance for General Liability and Workers Compensation should be issued, upon your request, to ensure your home and family are protected from liability.
    • Do not provide payment to a contractor or service provider without a written, detailed proposal for the services they will be providing, including materials, a timeline for completing the repairs, and a payment schedule.

TIP! Rather than paying your contractor for the materials, make payment directly to the retail or wholesale outlet they use, over the phone or in person.  This will give you more security of your funds, and give you additional time to pay if cash is tight.

 

Source: http://texashomeandgarden.com/idea-center/remodeling/homeowners-beware-natural-disaster/