Aid Citizens Still Stranded By Hurricane Laura in Path of New Tropical Storm

Target: Pete Gaynor, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator

Goal: Aid citizens in Louisiana who are left powerless by recent hurricanes and storms.

Hurricane Laura has left over 60,000 homes and business without power and 20,000 people displaced from their homes since August 27. The area is now bracing for Sally, a tropical storm with hurricane potential. Sally is expected to make landfall near the Louisiana-Mississippi border as residents are still scrambling to put their lives back together. Many do not even have access to clean water and over 7,200 homes were destroyed or sustained major damage. The Red Cross continues to serve the population means and snacks and provide relief items and cleaning supplies.

Jim Beam, a reporter from Lake Charles, spoke of the storm saying, “If people nationwide had a better understanding of really how bad this thing is, I think the recovery really might be a lot faster.” Those affected have said that relief has been slow to arrive as news of the natural disaster competes with other headlines in national news, like West Coast wildfires, the pandemic, and the presidential election coverage.

This type of extreme weather has been getting worse in the past years as the effects of climate change become more evident. As it is still early in the hurricane season, this area of the United States might be bracing to face more storms in the coming weeks. Sign this petition to urge the Federal Emergency Management Agency to prioritize the aid of citizens in Louisiana and the surrounding areas as they deal with this hurricane season.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Gaynor,

Federal aid to natural disasters should not be contingent on the most prominent news coverage. The disaster that Hurricane Laura left in Louisiana continues to affect citizens in Louisiana and surrounding areas. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes, without clean water, and without electricity. All of this is happening as these residents prepare for more storms on the horizon.

I urge you to be liberal in your disbursal of funds and aid to the citizens of Louisiana and the surrounding areas so that they can rebound from and prepare for these destructive natural disasters.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center




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