Opinion: Stand Together for Hurricane Matthew

Enoch Waiswa a Reporter for The Silver Script

Hurricane Matthew began on September 28 and ended on October 10. With warning that the deadly disaster was in route, many people left homes in search for safety. For those who stayed, they were most likely a part of the 1,384 fatalities.

Many states in the south like Florida suffered major casualties as well as loss of power for over 2 million residents. But a consequence that’s affecting the state as well as the nation, is the decrease in tourism. Florida has the 4th largest economy in the U. S and the main contributor to that is the tourism industry. Over 105 million people visited Florida in 2015; this number is likely to go down this year.

With many local businesses destroyed and losing money, people should donate in order to help with the rebuilding process in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Although some may claim that it’s not their responsibility to help those in a state that they don’t live in, people should support one another regardless of where they live. This is what makes us one. Additionally, there’s many people who are without shelter and food.

Nichols, SC, USA, October 18, 2016-- Floodwaters remain in South Carolina neighborhoods following Hurricane Matthew.

Nichols, SC, USA, October 18, 2016– Floodwaters remain in South Carolina neighborhoods following Hurricane Matthew.

Donations would make it possible for these people to have peace of mind knowing people care and are willing to help. Instead of raising taxes to help fund states devastated by the hurricane, donations are a much easier way to help.

It’s also important to realize that as we go through this election period many people have evacuated. In Florida, the governor has refused to extend the voting deadline, which means many people won’t get a chance to vote. As Americans, we should let our voices be heard through social media and other outlets to support the people who are being denied the right to vote.

With Florida having 86,000 registered voters in 2012, Florida voters could be the deciding factor on who becomes our next president which in fact affects us all.

One Response to Opinion: Stand Together for Hurricane Matthew

  1. MaryJane says:

    So sad to hear this!

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