Putting the gun news on hold to do some work on the Louisiana floods. This week, the latest on recovery efforts as waters finally receed, the political fallout, and how private companies are stepping up to help those displaced.

1.) Baseline. Roughly 13 people are dead after record flooding in Louisiana. Upwards of 30,000 people have been displaced and at least 40,000 homes have suffered considerable damage as well. About 1,000 pets have also been rescued as well.

In its most recent blog update, FEMA discussed the nearly 3,800 National Guard members in the area.

2.) Politics. As with Hurricane Katrina, there is a political element to it. Most notably accusations of media bias, as shown in a FOX News article entitled “Media that ripped Bush on Katrina ignores Obama on La. flooding.” President Obama has come under increasing pressure to visit the area, and the White House said late this week that he would be touring the flood zone this coming Tuesday.

GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, on the other hand, has already been in the flood zone in what supporters are calling, among other things, a “brilliant maneuver perfectly timed to complement his campaign revamp.” Critics are not so pleased, noting the Governor’s request that Obama and other figures whose visit would need a massive security detail hold off a week or two before visiting.

3.) Stepping up. Airbnb, a service which allows people to rent out portions of their homes to others, is putting a fair amount of effort into doing their part to help those displaced. The company has set up a page for those in the area to either offer a place to stay, and connecting them with those who lost their homes in the flooding. The company is waiving all fees normally associated with transactions on the site from August 14 to September 6.

4.) Final notes. Over on InSov, Nomad has posted a ton of ways you can help with the relief efforts.

While disaster relief as a whole was beyond the scope of the piece, I would suggest reviewing the topics we discussed back in “Lethal Ignorance.” Get a weather radio, preferably one that supports the National Weather Service’s Specific Area Message Encoding system. Analyze what the big weather threats in your area are (hurricanes in the southeast, massive snowstorms in the northeast, etc.), and equip yourself with the tools you need to stay ahead of them and sustain yourself through them.

Nothing good ever came out of “it can’t happen here.” Find what you need to have, do, and know in case it does.

Stay informed. Stay alert. Stay free.

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