We’re taking a break this month from our typical energy industry-related topics to focus on recent life-changing weather events. By now, virtually everyone reading this has been personally impacted or otherwise touched by 2017’s major hurricanes, Harvey and Irma…whether directly or through a family member, friend, coworker, or other connection. Collectively, the loss of life, property devastation, economic impact, and stress on basic services has been unparalleled in its depth and breadth.
Whether your trusted meteorologist has assigned a 500-year, 800-year, or 1000-year storm ranking to these events, there’s little comfort to those who’ve been tragically struck in knowing that they’ve experienced a statistical anomaly. Lives, homes, and businesses must all be rebuilt…and in many cases, from the ground up. The true cost cannot be measured in dollars alone, and for many getting back to "normal" will take months or years.
While there have been many vital lessons-learned which will help ensure even better preparedness for future extreme events such as these catastrophic storms, perhaps the most important lesson, albeit basic, is to keep things in proper perspective. While most of us must work hard to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table, when life-changing events strike, they’re often reminders that comfortable day-to-day routines can be quickly and unexpectedly ripped away. The order of the day then becomes survival followed by the slow, often painful, and expensive process of rebuilding.
To contribute to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma relief and rebuilding efforts, please consider a donation to one or more of the following highly reputable organizations:
This is, of course, only a small but representative listing of charities involved with hurricane relief, and there are many more excellent organizations that operate on a primarily local level or with a more targeted mission. Regardless of which you choose to support, do your homework and be confident that the recipients of your hard-earned dollars will be effective in having most of those funds reach the intended victims.
Helping those in need during times of disaster, whether through financial assistance, donation of goods, or personal service, is something that we all should seriously consider. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have, unfortunately, reminded us to keep things in perspective.
"While natural disasters capture headlines and national attention
short-term, the work of recovery and rebuilding is long-term."
~ Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Former HHS Secretary
& President of American University