Thoughts on Typhoon Haiyan

It seems like natural disasters are just common occurrences now
We constantly hear about it through the media and just accept that they happen
We tune it out
We move on with our day

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Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines. A lot of the time, the actual physical impacts are not the worst part of natural disasters, but it’s the recovery from it. Right now in Tacloban, Philippines, there’s a shortage of food and water. People are digging up and breaking water pipes underground just to get water. Shop owners are willing to use violence to protect their stores from looters. Children holding signs line up highways, begging for food. Survivors are rushing airplanes with babies in hands in the hopes that they’ll fly out of the area.
Help is barely arriving because the road to get to Tacloban is covered with debris. People are becoming desperate and the delay in aid is only making it worse.

Today, coastal communities prone to hurricanes and sea level rise are building to better prepare for natural disasters. New Jersey is building a sea wall out in the ocean to better protect itself. Other communities are building elevated houses to cope with flooding and sea level rise. All these things are nice and thoughtfully built, but what is really needed, is for natural disaster prone communities to develop a post recovery plan. These areas need a plan of action because natural disasters are occurring more frequently. We don’t even need to all agree on climate change. We just need to learn from these events because I don’t think we’ve learned much from New Orleans or New Jersey. It’s a joke that we’re building homes on the same land that just got hit by a hurricane.

It’s sad how people don’t give much thought to natural disasters today. Few people mention it. I hope the relief effort is more organized in the upcoming days. I wish the Philippines for the best

Here is how you can help:
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UNICEF is closely monitoring the situation and their team is ready to be deployed to ascertain needs of affected children, together with government, UN agencies and NGO partners on the ground. Text RELIEF to 864233 to donate $10 to UNICEF USA to help support UNICEF’s efforts in the region.

Phillipine Red Cross
The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected by the typhoon to evaluate the damage and to support rescue efforts. If you are looking for a family or friend, please fill out this form. To make a donation to the Philippine Red Cross

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