Puerto Rico, a US territory of appx. 3.5 million people, with a vibrant independent culture and rich history, is dying. Gross mismanagement, incompetence, political maneuvering, financial debt, and the absolute devastation wrought by hurricane Maria have left the colony destitute.Read more
Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Central America with torrential rains that forced thousands from their homes, uprooted trees, knocked out bridges and turned roads into rivers, officials said Thursday. Forecasters predicted it will strengthen into a hurricane headed for Mexico and the United States. The country hardest hit by the storm…Read more
Florida officials say they didn’t have any indication from the nursing home where 11 people would die that residents were in distress. But records show that phone calls went out to the power company, the governor and local officials and a facility that shared the building reported that the conditions were &adversely affecting patients, according to The New York Times.Read more
Even as Hurricane Irma continued to slam Florida Sunday, Gov. Rick Scott was already looking ahead at the huge recovery effort that will be needed to feed and shelter victims, clean up debris, restore power and repair damaged homes and businesses. Scott Sunday asked for a major disaster declaration from President Donald Trump…Read more
If you aren’t already familiar with social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest, it’s about time you learn about them. Social media has become a unique communication tool during times of crisis, elections and to help disseminate breaking news or organize community groups. Many of these apps are free in the iPhone store or on Google Play for Android, and others are also available online through their respective websites.
With floodwaters at four feet and rising, a family in Houston, Texas abandoned their possessions and scrambled to their roof during Hurricane Harvey to sit with their pets and await rescue. Unable to reach first responders through 911 and with no one visible nearby, they used their cellphones to send out a call for help through a social media application called Nextdoor.Read more
Hurricane warnings were issued Monday for portions of the Leeward Islands, while a hurricane watch is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.
Irma is currently a Category 4 storm — Harvey level, according to national weather officials.
AccuWeather meteorologist Dave Samuhel suggests: “Have emergency supplies ready”.