Ideas on assisting in the relief effort without going in person. Much can be done without leaving your house. Give those affected by disaster some hope, and use some of these ideas to help them.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Advocate For Heat

1/29 Letter For Editor on Lack of Heat in Trailers
This is in response to the article at:
To Whom It May Concern:
This winter has been even more difficult than last winter for Katrina survivors.
They are still living in FEMA trailers; many retired or with small children and unable to locate any housing, much less affordable housing.
Most have jobs, but not at their pre-Katrina pay, and can’t afford the Liquid Propane (LP) to heat their tiny trailers, cook on their stoves, or heat water for showers.
In MS, LP is going for $2/gallon with an average BBQ style tank costing at least $20 per fill, lasting them 2-3 days. Who can afford $10/day to heat 200 square feet? How can they manage with so few resources or options and live in trailers that leak water and air like sieves?
FEMA knows of the problem, but refuses to acknowledge it, forcing survivors to live in worsening conditions of cold, moldy and damp hovels. We treat prisoners better than these fellow citizens.
Local media are just becoming aware of this problem. Why did it take so long? Where is the outrage? Where is the good “corporate citizenship” of the fuel companies?
No wonder the survivors feel forgotten.
Help them. Write letters to your government representatives. Write to the fuel companies. Force change.

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