Hurricane Irma: Beyond U.S States

The overall attention, contribution, and care that have gone into the aid of the hurricanes relief within these past weeks are pleasantly surprising.  From young to old, everyone is contributing in their own way.  I’ve seen a seventh-grade boy donate his allowance to help the survivors.  I’ve seen an 80yr old man purchase and lift a pack of bottled water into a delivery truck for victims in Texas.

It’s great to see people not only voluntarily but happily 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 plentiful and informative.  However, we have rejected to include other countries and territories already affected by the storm- 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 as well- if not more.  Because they are islands, it will take longer to deliver necessities like food, supplies, water, etc. to survivors.  Puerto Rico, especially, is already at an economic disadvantage.  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 decrease as the storm continues.

It’s crucial not to forget about not only our nation’s surrounding islands, but other countries during this natural disaster.  Disasters like this affect everyone.

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