About 80% of adults in the United States own laptops or desktop computers, and if you’ve been on the internet at all over the past few months, you’ve certainly read all about the struggles Puerto Rico, Texas, and Florida are facing. Three massive hurricanes made landfall in these areas in the fall of 2017, and parts of Puerto Rico are still without power.
During the past five years, claims related to wind and hail damage on a national basis accounted for almost 40% of all insured losses, averaging approximately $15 billion annually; and growing each year.
Fortunately, the rest of the country is not turning a blind eye to those in need. People all across the United States are stepping up to help those affected by the hurricanes. Tiffany Brown, an Atlanta entrepreneur, was one of these people. She was awarded $156 million by FEMA to complete a job that was meant to save millions in Puerto Rico. The money was to go into over 30 million meals that were to be delivered as soon as possible to the hungry hurricane victims of Puerto Rico.
How did one woman accomplish such a task? According to the New York Times and Anchorage Daily News, Brown hired a wedding caterer in Atlanta. With the assistance of 11 other people, they were to freeze-dry wild mushrooms and rice, chicken and rice, and vegetable soup. Brown sought out a nonprofit in Texas that had shipped food aid overseas and domestically, including to a Houston food bank after Hurricane Harvey, to help with the delivery of the meals to Puerto Rico.
Brown isn’t the only one reaching out to help those who are suffering from hurricane aftermath. On Superbowl Sunday, the Puppy Bowl was making waves to help the animals of affected areas. Every year, the Puppy Bowl features puppies from around the world from shelters and pounds in an effort to help them get adopted. This year, they selected puppies only from areas of Puerto Rico, Florida, Texas, and other areas hit by the hurricanes. SBNation states, “thousands of pets were displaced, abandoned, or lost in those storms, and rescues are still trying to find these pets permanent homes.”
It is heartwarming to see that the people who were hit by three record breaking hurricanes in a row are not being forgotten. They still need help, but this is a great start.