Friday, July 6, 2012

Emergency Help Needed in WV Now

Currently in West Virginia there is a power failure that started last Friday because of a massive storm.

I haven't seen a storm like that since I left Florida and had to shelter in during a couple of hurricanes (including Andrew) and one tornado. I had the misfortune to be driving in it. There was torrents of rain and sideways lightning and winds of a category 1 hurricane. The problem is that in WV, we don't have the infrastructure to withstand such storms. I saw heavy iron signs from railroad crossings in the road and sparks were flying under one stop light as I drove under it. It was one of the few that was working and many aren't working as yet.

Over 600,000 people were without power in the state. There are still around 200,000 without power because continued storms and the power necessities of a 100 degree plus heat wave keep blowing out the system again.

Many people can't work because businesses are without power. Many require cash. There are lines for gas because many stations don't have power. Bread, milk, bottled water, batteries and generators are in short supply and the supply is expected to dwindle. People are sharing their food and water and power as best they can and shelters are open everywhere.

If you don't live close enough to help then please donate to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army because they are the two main charities in West Virginia who are here and ready and able to help as much as possible. The need is great. Power is expected to be out in many places until the middle of next week.

That is about 10 days with no power and people need helpl. The National Guard is out and the entire state has been declared a disaster area but people need food and water now.

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