Tragically, yet another storm has come

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The GOES East satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and taken Monday, Oct. 3, 2016, at 9:15 a.m. EDT, shows Hurricane Matthew about 220 miles southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. Hurricane Matthew roared across the southwestern tip of Haiti with 145 mph winds Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016, uprooting trees and tearing roofs from homes in a largely rural corner of the impoverished country as the storm headed north toward Cuba and the east coast of Florida. (NOAA via AP)

Eleven years post-Katrina, I can’t help but wonder how many times we will allow these tragedies of human suffering to go on unabated? Inaction is not doing nothing, it is an active choice to do nothing. The simple fact is global warming fuels hurricanes.

Hurricane Matthew: Haiti south ‘90% destroyed’Damage caused by Hurricane Matthew in Jeremie, Haiti

Government and UN officials estimate that some 350,000 people need help and over 900 deaths and that number is rising.

Agencies collecting donations and supplies include:

The Jewish Federations of North America: https://secure-fedweb.jewishfederations.org/page/contribute/hurricane-matthew-relief-fund

▪ Catholic Relief Services is collecting blankets, kitchen, hygiene kits, other supplies and financial donations on its website.

▪ Archdiocese of Miami’s Catholic Charities established a relief fund for people in the Caribbean affected by the hurricane. Financial donations will be designated to provide transportation, gas, food and rebuilding or repairs. Those contributions can be made at the Catholic Charities website. On the donate tab, select the box “Disaster Relief — Hurricane Matthew.”

▪ United Way and Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald have already activated Operation Helping Hands to raise money for people affected by the storm. All of the money raised through Operation Helping Hands will go directly to help people affected by Hurricane Matthew.

▪  The Greater Miami Jewish Federation has a Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund with 100 percent of the proceeds going to assist Haiti and other communities devastated by the hurricane. Donations can be made at its website.

▪ Food for the Poor in Coconut Creek, which is sending nine 40-foot containers from its Haitian warehouse to Jeremie, which took the full force of the storm, is collecting donations for Haiti relief. Call 1-800-427-9104 or visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/hurricane

▪ Food Aid International is sending meals to Haiti. Donations can be made at its website.

▪ Guidelines for giving can be found at the Center for International Disaster Information website.

▪  International Medical Corps is currently in Haiti. Financial donations can be made at its website.

▪  All Hands Volunteers are heading to Haiti to help with rebuilding. Donations can be made at its website.

▪  CARE is providing clean drinking water, food and emergencies supplies such as tarps, blankets and hygiene kits. Donations can be made at its website.

President Barack Obama met with FEMA Wednesday about Hurricane Matthew and encouraged people to help those in Haiti “who didn’t have a lot to begin with and are now getting hammered by this storm.”

The Cooperative for American Remittances to Europe, or CARE, director in Haiti, Jean-Michel Vigreux, said the southern part of Haiti wa

 

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3 Responses to Tragically, yet another storm has come

  1. cskolnik says:

    Bizarrely Matthew may turn out to be it’s own “another storm.”

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  2. cskolnik says:

    Reblogged this on environmental critique and commented:
    “Eleven years post-Katrina, I can’t help but wonder how many times we will allow these tragedies of human suffering to go on unabated? Inaction is not doing nothing, it is an active choice to do nothing.”
    –Judy Natal

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