Whether you believe in global change or not, chances are good that you or someone close to you will have their lives turned upside down by a weather-related disaster. From earthquakes and super tornadoes to the lingering impacts of hurricanes, floods, fires, droughts, oil spills, and levee breaks, tens of millions of people throughout America have been affected by large-scale natural and technological disasters in recent years.
No community has complete immunity.
Sadly, I’ve been predicting that a disaster of the scope and scale of Hurricane Sandy was coming, but unfortunately my forecast has either:
- Fallen on deaf ears;
- Been largely ignored; or
- Chalked up to the old “why should we care what happens to ‘those people’ who live somewhere else” syndrome.
- We are all New Orleans after Katrina;
- We are all the Gulf Coast after the BP Oil Spill;
- We are all Tuscaloosa & Joplin after a tornado;
- We are all drought victims in the Heartland;
- We are all Colorado fire victims;
- We are all Frankenstorm 2012;
And we can all contribute to helping 60 million of our fellow Americans survive and thrive after epic tragedy in our own special way.
We can all be change agents.
Personally, I’ve invested three years of my life and a small fortune chronicling the lives of inspirational individuals and communities across the country working to adapt to the “new climate normal.”
And just when I was getting ready to wrap of production for the year, after being on the road away from home for 165 days, a new chapter of the Storm Surge story begins.
So I pose the question…What are YOU going to do?
YOU GOING TO STAND UP, STEP FORWARD, ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES & DO SOMETHING?
Or are you going to stand on the sidelines and watch things unfold on TV, Facebook or Twitter from the comfort of your warm safe home?
It’s your choice, but please keep this in mind…
NEXT TIME, DISASTER COULD STRIKE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW!
Have a good day,
Stacy C. Noland
Writer & Producer
p.s., pay it FORWARD!