Hurricane Irma: Beyond U.S States

The overall attention, contribution, and care that has gone into hurricane relief efforts and organizations have been both inspiring and impactful.  From young to old, everyone is ready to help and give during such a crisis.  Just the other day I saw a seventh-grade boy donate his allowance to help the survivors of the hurricane.  I’ve seen an 80 yr old man purchase and lift a pack of bottled water into a delivery truck for victims in Texas.

It’s inspiring to see people enthusiastically and effortlessly give back.  Whether you live in the affected areas or not, natural disasters and events like this affect each one of us.

Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on August 25th.  Since then, the hurricane has released an estimated 27 trillion gallons of water on Texas and Louisiana.   According to ‘Hurricane Harvey’s Impact — And How It Compares To Other Storms,’ Harvey appears to be one of the most damaging natural disasters in U.S. history!  Less than two weeks after Harvey hit, Mother Nature welcomed another hurricane- Hurricane Irma.  Hurricane Irma has remained at a Category 5 hurricane since Tuesday.  Maximum winds were at 185 miles per hour– longer than any other storm on record.  The National Hurricane Center has warned the public that the storm will affect those by the Atlantic Ocean- specifically those in southern Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and parts of coastal Georgia (Savannah, Tybee Island).  Officials are urging residents to evacuate the premises.

The media attention over the past few weeks has been undoubtedly abundant and informative.

HOWEVER, we have rejected other countries and territories already affected by the storm.  Those rejected areas are: Puerto Rico, Cuba, and the U.S Virgin Islands.

I think more often than not, we forget about our U.S. islands.  These territories need our help and attention as well- if not more!

Because these areas are islands, it will take longer to deliver necessities like food, supplies, water, etc. to the survivors.  Puerto Rico, especially, is severely in need of these necessities as they have suffered from years and years of economic damage.  With the projected damage of the storm, it may take years for Puerto Rico to recover!  Natural resources, hospitals, food, and transportation for survivors will only decrease as the storm continues.

I have loved ones on the islands and just knowing that they are struggling to purchase things like rice and water is frightening.  Not knowing if I’ll receive a call from them now or next week leaves me and many others like myself in a constant state of wonder and worry.

It’s crucial to recognize all areas affected by natural disasters like these.  Though it may sound cliche- a little bit can go a long way.  Natural disasters and catastrophes have the vicious ability to affect everyone in the long run.

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