According to the statistics, many of you all are visiting my blog straight from my IG page so I'm pretty sure you are aware that my younger brother lives in Houston. Thankfully, he was not displaced due to Hurricane Harvey and only one of his friends was displaced.
The situation in Houston and its surrounding areas has not improved and are still in desperate need of all donations.
Currently, there is another storm that is set to cause destruction, Hurricane Irma began as a tropical storm and is now a Category 5 hurricane. My bonus daughter lives in the USVI and my nerves are near its breaking point as I type up this post.
I didn't know much about hurricanes and their categories because I being an Atlanta girl I've never had to prepare or concern myself! Selfish or ignorant? You can be the judge. Any ways, I've decided to look up the categories to be better informed and decided to share with you all:
Hurricanes wind speed determine the category that it will categorized.
Category 1:(minimal) 74-95 mph Dangerous winds will produce some damage: such as, damage to roof, vinyl siding and gutters. Large branches of trees may snap and shallowly rooted trees may fall over. Extensive damage to power lines and poles likely will result in power outages that could last a few to several days.
Category 2:(moderate) 296-110 mph Extremely dangerous winds will cause extensive damage: homes could sustain major roof and siding damage. Near-total power loss is expected with outages that could last from several days to weeks.
Category 3:(extensive)111-129 mph Devastating damage will occur: homes may incur major damage or removal of roof decking and gable ends. Many trees will be snapped or uprooted, blocking numerous roads. Electricity and water will be unavailable for several days to weeks after the storm passes.
Category 4: (extreme)130-156 mph Catastrophic damage will occur: Well-built framed homes can sustain severe damage with loss of most of the roof structure and/or some exterior walls. Most trees will be snapped or uprooted and power poles downed. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Category 5: (catastrophic)157 mph Higher catastrophic damage will occur: A high percentage of framed homes will be destroyed, with total roof failure and wall collapse. Fallen trees and power poles will isolate residential areas. Power outages will last for weeks to possibly months. Most of the area will be uninhabitable for weeks or months.
Tips for Donation:
If you are in limbo of donating because you want to be sure your resources are reaching victims of Harvey and of other natural disasters you can always check with www.ft.gov to be reassured that your donations are going to victims.
If you are not one to donate to large charities such as Red Cross, find local charities in areas near the storms.
Find families to sponsor directly if you know of people in the area.