“Board up your windows, close all your doors, and wait for further instructions.”
Can you imagine hearing those words for the first time? Knowing that everything you’ve worked so hard for, your home, your business, your family, has now been put in jeopardy.
To know this risk is a reality each and every day must be petrifying. But these are the dangers citizens of Florida, North and South Carolina, and Georgia faced over the past week. Citizens have lost their friends, their homes, and sometimes, even their hope.
Although Hurricane Matthew has recently been downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone and is currently making its way in the Atlantic, it still leaves a path of destruction in its wake.
At its peak, Matthew reached 160 mph. Authorities are reporting over 900 deaths, most in Haiti, due to this storm. Haiti faces a humanitarian crisis with thousands without aid, housing, or medical care.
In the US, there have been at least 34 deaths caused when Matthew crashed ashore. In North Carolina town of Lumberton, over 1,500 are stranded due to historic flooding with water rescues currently underway.
However, some people are making the best of this tragedy. They’re helping friends and family or assisting new acquaintances.
“Hurricane season is a humbling reminder that, despite our technologies, most of nature remains unpredictable,” admits Diane Ackerman. Thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of Hurricane Matthew.
You can help the victims in Haiti, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina by texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation. The donation will enable the Red Cross to help people recover from this disaster. For domestic relief, the Salvation Army asks people that want to help those directly affected by the storm to call 1-800-SAL-ARMY or text STORM to 51555.
For more ways to help, visit this website.