2009 Ice Storm Refugee
Last week saw my state wrestling with the ravaging effects of a severe ice storm. This ice storm robbed over a half-million people of power and forced them to seek shelter with relatives, friends, or local agencies so as to keep warm. I was one of those people. My power went out on last Wednesday and did not get restored until Sunday afternoon. In the meantime, I stayed with my brother for two days and my mother for two days. While I am thankful for the generosity of my family, I still feel uncomfortable-as if someone robbed me of my security. Being away from my home took away that security-even if it was for four days-and I still feel it even today. Fortunately, I own a laptop in addition to a desktop, so I was able to stay connected and correspond with others as needed. However, it was not like being at home, among one's own things. Even as I type this, there are others here who still have no power in their homes. It makes me sad because these people are the ones that are our poorest citizens, who have nowhere to go and no one else to turn to. Although FEMA has come in and offered financial assistance to clean up the area, and the National Guard has come in to offer manpower, things will not be the same for awhile.