Thursday, September 1, 2011

How You Can Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Irene

Hurricane Irene of 2011 was an Atlantic hurricane that left extensive flood and wind damage along its path through the Caribbean, the United States East Coast and as far north as Atlantic Canada. The first major hurricane of the 2011 season, Irene made landfall at hurricane strength near Puerto Rico, where high winds and intermittent torrents caused significant property damage. Throughout its path, Irene caused widespread destruction and at least 54 deaths; monetary losses to the Caribbean could be as high as $3.1 billion according to preliminary estimates. Early damage estimates in the US are about $7 billion.

Connecticut's Fairfield Patch reports that with their community Mobile Command Center engaged, multiple businesses and organizations, including Girl Scouts, contributed products & services to help homeowners still without power. A distribution limit of two bags of ice, and three one-liter bottles, per day per family, was established. Goodie bags containing Girl Scout cookies, peanut butter crackers, snack bars, pretzels and Ready Meals were also arranged. Home Depot kicked in mini flashlights as well.

“It’s important that the community know that we have not forgotten them,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary McNamara. “We are working just as hard as we were prior to and during the storm. Emergency personnel and volunteers running this command post is the best example of that.”

Our thoughts go out to anyone impacted by Hurricane Irene. For ways that you can help, visit the American Red Cross.