On September 19th, citizens of Puerto Rico wondered what Hurricane Maria had in store for them.
On September 20th, the answer they were dreading came to surface amidst massive destruction and flooding from the category 4 hurricane that left most of the country leveled.
The region had already been roughed up from Hurricane Irma in the days earlier. While the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean weren’t directly affected, Maria was the sucker punch that region square into chaos and devastation.
It’s not the first time Puerto Rico has been hit by a hurricane, and it certainly won’t be the last. While Maria was particularly powerful for a tropical storm, what has truly compounded difficulties for the region is the fact that their government is in debt and out of money, leaving many to wonder where rebuilding assistance will come from.
FEMA has been called into action, but as YouTuber Philip DeFranco points out in his segment below, money is already stretched thin from Texas relief. There have also been difficulties with getting ships into port, but it’s worth noting that ships like the USNS Comfort that DeFranco mentioned have been since deployed to the region.
But there’s still lots that needs to be done, and if slow responses of limited government aid are the status quo we need to do more to help the region.
One cause worth considering that is sending aid to Puerto Rico and beyond is OneAmericaAppeal. Former living Presidents Bush (both of them), Carter, Clinton, and Obama have come together with OneAmericaAppeal to help those affected in Texas and the Caribbean. The site also carries some staggering statistics to help put the devastation into perspective.
Any amount will no doubt be appreciated and go towards helping citizens rebuild their lives and cities. The worst of times might bring us to some dark places in life, but it’s also an opportunity for the best of us to shine forward and remind those in need that help will come, and that compassion and relief are not lost or forgotten.