Let me be clear: there are a million and a half things that I want Trump to fail at. His disaster response is not one of them. I want to hope for the best, but given that nearly 3000 Puerto Ricans died with nearly 1000 displaced and homeless as a consequence of Hurricane Maria (which Trump sociopathically and narcissistically disputes); the fact that $10 million was diverted from FEMA to ICE; and the fact that thousands of prisoners are being forced to take shelter in place; I honestly don’t have much hope. Again, we must become the heroes we’re waiting for.
On a spiritual level I’m making offerings to the Anemoi Thuellai, the spirits of violent storm winds, and to Aegaeon the god of sea storms; and I’m praying for the storm to dissipate and be gentle to the coasts. But spirituality without actions means nothing, after all, we are an orthopraxy.
What do we do in the face of the destructive storms created by the GOP refusal to act on climate change and their similar refusal to help the citizens they claim to represent?
If you live outside the area impacted, give donations to United Way (all donations to Accuweather go to United Way) and the American Red Cross and the Humane Society of the United States, remember money goes farther and does more good than goods.
If you can donate blood, do it. I’m O+ so I’m going to give as much as I can.
If the people and organizations that are supposed to help us don’t, we need to be our own heroes, and we need to support our communities.