Linda Vogel

Linda Vogel moved to Kingwood, Texas in 1979 and has lived here since. Vogel briefly touches on her experience with Hurricane Ike and Tropical Storm Allison, admitting that when she heard of Hurricane Harvey in the news, she believed electricity outages would be the worst consequence. During the beginning of Harvey’s rainfall, Vogel and her husband were driving a family member to the back of Kingwood.

On the way home, the Vogels had difficulty getting through the water on Kingwood Drive. Vogel recalls returning home safely, thinking of the loud sound of the rain, unaware that it had caused significant flooding to the rest of her neighborhood. She repeats multiple times that the high and dry location of her home led her to be naive to the rest of the community’s danger, although she had a premonition that something horrible was occurring. Vogel found out about Kingwood’s damage when she communicated with friends in and around the area. As their home managed to escape damage, the Vogels offered their help to the community, checking in on those who were impacted, helping to supply them with anything they may need, and offering emotional support. Vogel recalls a prayer walk with her daughter, where they walked through the damaged neighborhood, praying for those affected. As a chaplain and a life coach, Vogel helped many patients deal with the stress and trauma caused by Harvey. A few minutes of the interview are dedicated to Vogel recounting other’s experiences with the storm; a couple who walked to the nearest safe shelter, a friend who had to be rescued three times. Vogel then describes her disaster training and debriefing for psychological wellbeing in the time of events such as Harvey, revealing that she was glad for the training as a means to help and console those more drastically effected by the storm. She continued on the topic of support and care for others by recalling the efforts made by her church for those afflicted. Vogel created a project called ‘Hope in the Forest’ for offering help to those in Kingwood, given its nickname ‘The Livable Forest’. The First Presbyterian Church of Kingwood joined in the mission for ‘Hope in the Forest,’ inspiring joy during the holidays with a forest of two-hundred miniature trees designed by individuals. The project enabled people to show their love and compassion for the families and individuals who had experienced flooding damages. When asked if the Kingwood community is returning to normal post-Harvey, Vogel says she hopes not. Vogel hopes that the good that resulted from the storm and the remarkable experiences of compassion stick around. Vogel finishes her interview by acknowledging the thankfulness felt by those who survived Harvey. Despite horrible conditions, the overall reaction post-Harvey was one of gratitude for making it out of the storm alive and experiencing love and support from their community.