The situation in Houston is not getting better and, according to some reports, the real misery is just starting.
The aftermath of a major catastrophe can be worse than the storm itself, as we’ve learned from situations like Katrina. Thousands of displaced people are moving into shelters with their families. Food and clean water are the most important thing now. It will take months for people’s lives to get back to normal and many will spend those months in severe discomfort.
To alleviate the overcrowding, police began escorting evacuees at the shelter onto city buses Monday, and transferring them to the much larger shelter at downtown Houston’s George R. Brown Convention Center, set up to hold 5,000. But it too was approaching capacity. And by Monday night, the shelter was housing 7,000 people.
Evacuees hoping for a spot at the massive shelter had to traverse a mostly submerged urban landscape, where people could be seen pushing shopping carts through waist-deep water, navigating between hundreds of cars abandoned in the flood.
You can help.
This morning I made a donation to the Houston Food Bank, which can get food and water into people’s hands right now – without waiting for federal aid, state aid, etc. They are on the ground, in the area, assisting people as we speak. “Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual.”
Click on the link below and give something, anything, in under 30 seconds. It’s fast and easy and will make an immediate impact. You will be happier today for having done so.