Target: Donald Trump, United States President
Goal: Demand that Trump send necessary help to states hit by devastating tornadoes and winter weather.
People living in Gulf Coast states are desperately looking for assistance and officials are expressing dismay following damaging tornadoes that ripped through the South in the first two months of 2017. The storms raged along the Gulf from Louisiana to Florida. It was one of the worst winter tornado events in U.S. history, and resulted in the loss of thousands of homes and claimed the lives of 20 people.
Governors from several affected states, including Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi, have all reached out to the President to send aid. They have largely received silence, in spite of vague promises to speak with local officials to see what could be done. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said that Trump was “aware” of the situation, and Trump himself spoke on the topic, saying the “tornadoes were vicious” and that aid would be sent, but these promises have largely failed to materialize — FEMA assistance has been slow to respond in the weeks following the disaster. It took over a week for a recovery center to open in the city of New Orleans, for instance. It happens that Mississippi was the only state for which Trump made a formal disaster declaration.
It is urgent that more assistance be sent for the people hit by this string of natural disasters. These states have been abandoned by Trump and are bearing the brunt of the recovery — which is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars across the region. Mississippi and Louisiana were two of the hardest hit states, and are also among the most economically troubled in the nation. Without large-scale federal disaster relief, these states will be crippled in their efforts toward recovery. Sign this petition to demand that Trump send additional federal relief and issue a formal disaster declaration for all affected states.
Dear President Trump,
I am writing to urge you to do all that you can to help people in states recently hit with devastating storms and tornadoes in the South. As you must know, 20 people lost their lives and many more are now homeless. The survivors face an uphill battle as they try to rebuild and recover. Without a sufficient federal response, states such as Georgia and Florida will struggle to provide the aid and resources these people need. These are ordinary citizens, families and small business owners who will find it difficult to move on with their lives in the storms’ wake.
I demand that you listen to the governors who have reached out to you, asking you to provide federal assistance through FEMA and other programs that they so desperately need. A federal disaster declaration is necessary in all affected states, and aid must reach all victims as quickly as possible.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: National Weather Service