In a time of tremendous loss and dire need in Southeast Texas following Hurricane Harvey, Jon Huntsman Sr., founder and executive chairman of the Huntsman Corporation, has responded and is issuing a challenge to other business leaders — give.

In a special press conference Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Jefferson County Courthouse, which was still closed for business due to Hurricane Harvey, Huntsman announced that he wanted to help get Southeast Texans back on their feet.

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Teachers, students and parents are awaiting some sort of normalcy in their lives, which includes the start of the 2017-18 school year.

Beaumont Independent School District has a tentative goal of beginning school Monday, Sept. 11, but will host an emergency meeting Friday, Sept. 8, at the Administration Building (3395 Harrison Ave) at noon to make a final decision.

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From left, Renada Brown, Barbara Mazoch Nelson and Hank Brown

It was a photograph from the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey seen by millions online. Major news sites across the country posted the image captured by Getty photographer Joe Raedle of a storm-weary woman standing on a street in Beaumont holding a sign that read “NO WATER.” Raedle snapped the shot of Barbara Mazoch Nelson on Sept. 2 in front of Coastal Welding Supply, one of her family’s retail locations.

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Transitional Shelter Assistance (TSA) benefits, which provide short-term lodging assistance for evacuees who are impacted by a declared disaster, are available to Jefferson, Hardin, and Orange county residents whose homes were damaged by Tropical Storm/Hurricane Harvey. TSA benefits, sponsored by FEMA, are not a guarantee of hotel room availability, though, FEMA media liaison Ken Higginbotham told The Examiner.

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I commend the great citizens of Jefferson County for their response to Hurricane Harvey. I applaud them and certainly our emergency responders for their amazing work and for their compassion for each other. All of the hard work has not gone unnoticed.

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