Providing food, water and shelter. Tornadoes struck Greater St. Louis area including St. Charles County where homes were destroyed in Defiance, Missouri. Responders also provided assistance in Wright and Stone counties and in Southern Missouri in the Bootheel and Branson areas When you come into town, you notice that there are trees that are snapped and unfortunately as you get right into the town there are homes that are completely leveled and more homes completely gone. it can still take weeks, months or years before they readjust to their new "normal." Many families don't have a home to return to, clothes to wear, or food in their pantry. These people have to start a whole new life.
America’s poor face an inhumane, impossible choice this winter. Winter is the most expensive season. Every winter, people boil pots of water and used space heaters in the living room where they spend their days and nights. People have to wear three layers to remain warm: an inner layer, an insulation layer and an outer layer to stay alive.
To live without sufficient heat is to suffer in private. They are bound to their beds and sofas where blankets and quilts provide warmth without added expense. They live out of one room in the house to concentrate the heat and contain the costs. Extreme energy conservation is a coping strategy used by the poor along with turning to ovens, stoves or space heaters as supplemental heating sources.
This winter, the poor and elderly will likely face an unconscionable choice: heat, food or, medicine. Paying so much more for warmth will cripple many already economically challenged households.
Research has shown that energy insecurity is associated with poor sleep quality, mental strain and respiratory illness. Others have found that cold stress is connected to cardiovascular risks and declines in neurological function.
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