My brother and his family have gone without electricity or running water for 5 days so far and consider themselves lucky. My aunt's house is still under water. Thousands of kids can't return to school because their schools can't be re-opened. Thousands of their parents cannot return to work because their workplaces, the actual structures, no longer exist. Countless homes and businesses have already been condemned and this is what a walk through our town looks like (in an area you can actually walk through). Our friends have lost everything and will have to have their house bulldozed. They don't have flood insurance.
The scope of this disaster is absolutely astounding and
the current FEMA designation does NOT include assistance to individuals. That absolutely needs to change.* Imagine your entire town being wiped out...along with the towns next to yours and the towns next to those. And now imagine what you would do if your insurance not only didn't cover the cost of your home and belongings, but didn't even cover the cost to bulldoze your home. I encourage you to check out this article on Press Connects for more information. And I'm also asking you to spread the news any way you can: tweet, blog, link on your Facebook page, call the White House (202-456-1111). More people need to know about this.