Extreme weather causes untold misery for most everyone in its path. Hurricane Harvey recently blasted southeastern Texas, leaving a path of devastation behind. And now Hurricane Irma is bearing down on south Florida as I write these words.
High winds tear apart homes and businesses. Excessive rain causes flooding on streets and in residences. Some people get stranded. Others become separated from loved ones.
Some even die, while those who survive are unable to return to normal lives for days, weeks or even months.
Life’s Necessities Suddenly Out of Reach
There’s a good reason why extreme weather including hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning strikes, blizzards, earthquakes and more cause so much suffering. It’s because they affect our access to the three most important things in our daily lives: food, water and power.
All across Houston last week, supermarkets were closed. The ones that were fortunate enough to remain open saw long lines of terrified people. All hoping they could pick up a few necessities before shelves were stripped bare.
Even with rationing – one loaf of bread per customer – the Mi Tienda grocery store in Houston ran out of bread. And the line outside grew longer.
Trucks loaded with food from distribution centers were unable to reach many stores due to the flooding. Even a Houston hospital was running out of food.
Harvey Was a Beast… Irma Looks Like No Beauty
Some storms hit hard and then leave quickly. Harvey hit hard, all right. But he was in no hurry to leave.
Lingering, he battered the Houston area with torrential downpours for days on end. Historic flooding was the result. It took lives and left many injured, hungry, and thirsty.
And that’s the trouble with extreme weather. Or any disaster, for that matter. You never know when it’s going to happen or how long it’s going to last. And the results can be devastating.
As Houston resident Jessica Jordan said after discovering that a local supermarket had run out of food, “It’s scary. The thought goes through your mind…”
And at this moment, tens of thousands of people in Florida are wondering how badly Irma will hurt them, their property and their belongings.
Carving a Path to Help
As I mentioned to you in a recent email, 4Patriots stepped up to help Houston residents. It wasn’t easy this time because delivery services were not making shipments.
We had to use some ingenuity to get our survival food, water purifiers and battery jumpers into the area. Especially now, when they are most needed.
Fortunately, one of our employees lives in nearby Austin. She quickly arranged to have six months’ worth of our Food4Patriots survival food and a dozen of our water-purifying Alexapure Go Bottles delivered to an Austin restaurant that held a benefit for Harvey victims.
From there, restaurant employees drove our donations and others into Houston. We also sent 10 of our Patriot Power Hubs to Remote Area Medical. That way some Houston-area residents with dead car batteries would be able to start their vehicles and go out in search of food and water.
Folks, we can’t do these types of things without you and your support. When you buy our products, we earmark a percentage for donations to those who need it most – when they need it most.
Don’t Wait to Prepare
If an extreme weather event or other disaster has never struck close to home for you, consider yourself fortunate. But then realize that it’s probably just a matter of time.
“Be prepared” is one of the oldest mottos in the world. The Boy Scouts of America might have made it famous, but parents have been saying it for centuries.
Of course, we at 4Patriots say it often as well. Most people don’t start dealing with a crisis until it’s already on top of them, and by then it’s too late.
Everyone needs to have non-perishable, good-for-25-years survival food on hand in case of emergency.
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on south Florida, the Florida Emergency Response Team just issued a statement emphasizing the importance of having at least 3 days’ worth of long term food on hand.
We couldn’t agree more. And that’s why we’re offering you our 72-hour survival food kit for free. All we ask is that you cover the shipping.
We’re trying to ensure that no one who wants this free food misses out, but you have to hurry because we have a limited supply of the 72-hour kits we can give away.
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