I am a product of society. I like clean clothing and taking showers every night before I go to bed. I enjoy the modern-day comforts like refrigeration and microwaving food- but those aren’t the things that make me happy. Those things aren’t deliberate. I can’t count the multitude of times I have been awake at
I’ve been back home from AmeriCorps for little over two months now and I still can’t get over the feeling that soon I’ll have to go back. After being gone for 10 months, my team became my family, and the constant travel and work was just my life. In my head, it was never this
Have you always wanted to try freelance writing and just had no clue where to start?
Do you want to stay at home instead of waking up to go to a job that just brings down your soul?
Do you have something that you love and want to share with the world through writing?
Then freelance writing may be for you.
I personally fell into all three of the categories above. I’ve always loved writing. For me, it was a way of expressing myself and the thoughts in my head, as well as exploring new ideas. Don’t ask me why, but things always made more sense on paper than inside my noggin. I started with journaling at a young age; just writing down my hopes and dreams. Then I started writing stories and poetry, and now I have my own blog!
Since the end of July 2017, I have been enrolled in a program called FEMA Corps. In essence, FEMA Corps is a 10-month-long, team-based commitment to national service and the neighborhoods of America. For the last 7 months, my team and I have traveled all over the country, working side by side with FEMA and attempting to provide disaster aid and relief to the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria. The program is an intense journey into the inner workings of the government emergency management operations, and it gives it’s members a toolbox of different skills and experiences that can be carried with them into the professional world after graduation. That being said, however, the program is certainly not without challenges.
At the beginning of August 2017, myself and my team of 8 other people were sent to Port Aransas, Texas to assist FEMA with their Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts.
What we found there was heartbreaking. The destruction of the town was beyond words. Broken glass, power lines and debris were everywhere you turned. Out in the streets, there were piles of debris that were easily taller than I was, containing waterlogged memories and memories of the past. But even more heartbreaking were the stories of the Survivors. Those are the moments that froze around me and will stay with me forever. I still remember faces of those that I talked to. I still remember the pain in their voices and the way their presence seemed to wisp away after I had left their presence. These are the Ghost stories of Hurricane Harvey.
On September 3rd, I arrived in Port Aransas, TX to assist FEMA with their disaster recovery mission after Hurricane Harvey.
I don’t think any of us were prepared for what we found down there. To this day, it’s hard for me to find the words to describe exactly what we saw, and it’s even harder trying to explain what it was like working on an active disaster. But I believe it’s really important to try to share my experiences and attempt to paint the reality of disasters such as Harvey. You don’t get the full scope of the destruction and devastation from watching CNN or Fox NEWS. You get it from walking around on the streets and talking to the survivors. (Hear about their stories here.) You get the visual, but not the emotion. So maybe these words will help widen the picture.