Hurricanes, Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused significant damage and devastation to our country. Meteorologist Ryan Maue of WeatherBELL predicted approximately 25 trillion gallons of rain accumulated in Texas due to Harvey. First responders left their own families to stay and help all the people impacted by the devastation. Some of the first responders lost their own homes but continued to help with the rescue efforts anyway.
It is estimated around 13 million people in 50 counties are impacted in Texas. Irma wreaked havoc on Florida resulting in mass mandatory evacuations. As that storm passed, residents returned home only to find debris and remnants of what used to be there.
The latest to hit landfall was Maria, which left the island of Puerto Rico in apocalyptic-like conditions. It is practically uninhabitable leaving people there with very little resources such as drinking water, food, electricity, fuel, or basic needs to live.
Watching the coverage of the storms from the safety of our homes, social settings, and businesses do not adequately illustrate the impact on the ground. Standard of Patriotism (SOP) understands that America is thinking and praying for those living through these natural disasters. Federal, state, county, local, non-governmental agencies, non-profits, civilians, and volunteers are providing support in many ways.
Disasters challenge every aspect of the lives of the various first responders and their families and they deserve recognition and support. While first responders leave their families and homes to prepare for rescue and recovery logistics, their families must operate, survive, and maintain balance in crisis without them. Disasters often challenge communication backhauls, which creates a broader gap between responders and their loved ones.
Many first responders lost their homes and valuables while serving and risking their own lives to save neighbors, friends, visitors, and civilians. Overtime is often pursued as a way to generate extra income, but these responders will be held over on mandatory orders often working well beyond a 40-hour workweek, and certainly more than regular 8-hour shifts. All responders deserve recognition, support, and our prayers including:
- Responders with boots on the ground
- Personnel who provide support, planning, and logistics
- Responders who help with recovery, hazmat, rescue, and suppression operations
- Workers in EMS, law enforcement, communications teams, corrections, special operations, security, medical, mass transit, refuse, federal, military, engineering, utilities, and others
Please take some time to think about and pray for first responders in the impact zones of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. SOP is eagerly reaching out for meaningful ways to support our fellow Americans affected by these disasters.
Take action – we want to hear from you! Let us know your ideas on how we can lend a helping hand to first responders and their families. Please email us at StandardSOP77@gmail.com with your suggestions. Together we can make a difference!