Paul Bambei, president of the Colorado-based National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds (ARVC), told Woodall’s Campground Management (WCM) that it is great to see the campground community rallying behind the victims of historic flooding in Southern Texas.
Campground owners in the South Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are struggling to come to terms with the devastation left behind by Hurricane Harvey, which lambasted the coast and dumped over 50 inches of rain.
Bambei said that ARVC has set up a way for its members across the country to donate toward disaster relief in both Texas and Louisiana on its website. ARVC has also distributed a letter to its 3,000 members about the fund and how they can donate.
“We are not at the point yet where we can release how much we have collected, but we have received several $1,000 donations and a number of state associations have made donations on behalf of their members,” said Bambei.
Bambei also said that he and his staff made numerous calls on Monday (Aug. 28) to check in with ARVC members in Texas.
“Most were happy to hear from us,” he said.
There were 15 campgrounds, some of the hardest hit, that Bambei said the association was not able to get ahold of, but that the association left messages and is hoping to hear back from them very soon.
“We just want to continue to be a resource wherever we are needed,” said Bambei. “We only have a staff of 10 here, so we are mainly just trying to get the word out about what campgrounds need as it comes in.”
Bambei said that Brian Schaeffer, executive director of the Texas Association of Campground Owners (TACO), has been in contact with ARVC, but that at this point ARVC is trying to stay out of the way so that they do not stymie recovery efforts.
“We want to help anyway we can, but we also don’t want to be a hindrance at this point,” he said.
Washington-based Utility Supply Group (USG) is also helping out by giving 20% discounts to campgrounds in Louisiana and Texas on a majority of their electrical pedestal products.
Heidi Boyle, a sales associate for USG, said some of their most popular products are discounted even more.
“We just want to be able to help anyone we can,” she said. “The hurricane hit right before one of the busiest times of the year (Labor Day weekend) for campgrounds and we want to be able to help them get back on their feet.”
To learn how you can donate to the ARVC Disaster Relief Fund click here. To contact USG you can call 1-800-800-2811.