As Hurricane Matthew pummels the East Coast of Florida, many Americans take shelter in neighboring regions. Already Haiti was hit incredibly hard, with reports that up to 300 lives were lost.
Over the coming weekend this storm will rage up the eastern coast of the American South, with Georgia and the Carolinas the main targets.
As Americans braced for the storm over the course of the week, the president and Florida governor called for a state of emergency and advocated citizens in the storm’s path to evacuate.
A storm of this size hasn’t hit Florida in many years. Although not unprecedented, these hurricanes are difficult to recover from. Regions will be without power for weeks, forcing power companies to loan out workers from across the country (subsequently increasing costs for everyone). Repairs to homes, businesses, and infrastructure could take months, if not years.
And that doesn’t count the stress that being displaced from your home and daily life brings to many Americans.
So the best thing for, say a candidate for president, to do is offer their support and wisdom in this time of crisis.
From The Political Insider:
Donald Trump has issued an important response:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone in the path of Hurricane Matthew, namely in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas, and we encourage everyone to listen to their governors and local emergency officials urging the evacuations of at-risk coastal communities.
These warnings are very, very serious — if your home is in the path of the hurricane and you are being advised to leave, you need to do so right now. Nothing is more important than the safety of your family.
“I would also like to offer my thanks to the law enforcement, first responders and power crews making the necessary preparations for the storm and carrying out their plans to help our communities survive and recover in the aftermath.
“I also want to extend my personal condolences to those families in Haiti who lost loved ones as this storm tore through their island. The news reports that over a hundred people are feared dead saddens us all, and the United States should offer our assistance to help our island neighbors.
“Please stay safe.” — Donald J. Trump
What was Hillary Clinton doing? Oh yeah, airing ads on the Weather Channel. Ouch.
Source: The Political Insider