#Maria: Pain Through the Numbers

A year ago today, Hurricane Maria tore through the island of Puerto Rico leaving behind nothing but death and destruction. CEDR felt it was important to honor those who lost their lives and those who are still struggling to move forward, by reflecting their pain through numbers.

2975 – number of Americans who died after Hurricane Maria left a trail of destruction in Puerto Rico. Help honor them by looking up one name in this database, of those who died, and remembering their name for today. Share their story with another human being.

29% – percentage of increase in the suicide rate in the 3 months immediately after Hurricane Maria.

3,000+ – number of people who have attempted suicide since Hurricane Maria.

5,000+ – number of people who have thought of suicide since Hurricane Maria but reached out for help.

– a shoe memorial for those who died.

Hurricane Maria – Poem by Nancy Terrell

The winds started four hours ago
now clocking close to 100 mph –
sounds of a freight train
roaring across our yard.

The TV on for news
but even that disappeared
limbs along with numerous fronds
stricken from the Royal Palms
guarding the front of our home

The back yard appears as though
stuck in an automatic car wash –
Such fury rarely seen
even to those who have been
through so many hurricanes

Dave napping after two days of preperation
emptying the Lanai and my art studio
closing the huge glass doors.
Water up to the top of the pool
flooding as the “eye” moves closer

The most tragic news of all
happening four days ago in the BVI
when Irma hit there –
looking like a war zone with loss everywhere
houses out, trees down, no electricity, phones, water

Not a boat on the island left
mosquitoes are now everywhere.
flooding, mudslides, roofs and windows
crashing in the middle
of what used to be a road

Did god send this torment
or has man finally made himself the god
through weather engineering?

NC Gov Updates Public on #Florence:

North Carolina Governor Updates Public on #Florence:


The storm is far from over, we’re days away from it ending.

Sadly, there have been 3 deaths from the storm and a number of others being investigated.

If you’re in the storm’s path, take shelter.

The Governor urges evacuated people not to try to return home yet: it’s dangerous, makes it harder for first responders, and also impedes efforts to repair utilities.

Many roads are flooded and impassible and will get worse.

More rivers will rise and flood communities over the next few days. Cape Fear and Lumber Rivers will rise as higher or higher than in Hurricane Matthew, this will cause devastating floods. order issued to allow sandbagging in the Lumberton area.

There will be more flooding in Eastern NC and areas from Fayetteville through the sand hills to Charlotte.

Stay alert for flood warnings. If you’re asked to evacuate, go quickly.

Rains will start this weekend in Western NC too. Landslides are possible.

Current focus is saving lives and protecting people. Swift water rescue teams and other first responders have rescued 100s of people in New Bern and are searching flooded areas.

Currently 600k without power in NC. Projects 1 – 2.5 million will lose power.

Once conditions improve, crews will get to hard hit areas with supplies (food, water, other critical items), clear roads and assist with cleanup and recovery.

For people who stayed in their homes, don’t use generators indoors, don’t drive through water, stay indoors, be alert to listen to the radio for warnings about wind, tornados, rising water, orders to shut off gas, water and power.

If you have an emergency call 911.

Shelter information is available at the ReadyNC app downloadable from the NC.gov website or dialling 2-1-1. The hearing impaired should dial: 888-892-1162.

NC has more than 150 shelters.

*University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has agreed to operate a mass shelter on its campus.*

Acknowledges that some will need long term housing once the storm passes. Efforts are underway.

NC Disaster Relief Fund has been activated for donations: governor.nc.gov.