These past few weeks we’ve seen many dangerous storms that have had drastic impacts on Maryland. Ellicott City, for example, saw its Old Town area completely flooded, resulting in many businesses being destroyed. Big storms like the ones we’ve been seeing can wreak massive amounts of havoc on communities that often goes unseen. You may see a few downed trees and think that’s the extent of it, but there are entire communities out there whose lives are drastically altered by a storm passing through and flooding areas.
Ellicott City is one of the biggest examples of flooding destroying an entire community. If you want to help volunteer to help Ellicott City in particular, they are organizing long term efforts to help repair the area that you can find out more about here. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church is also organizing shifts to help serve food and get people the supplies they need. Beyond Ellicott City, storms cause stress for a lot of people—including homeless communities that are in need of year round volunteers to help them.
2. Being Aware of Health Concerns
Flooding in Ellicott City and elsewhere has caused a number of deaths—but in general, large storms like we’ve experienced can have dramatic health impacts. Not only can it increase the effects of cold weather, but it tends to cause pneumonia or other kinds of diseases. Offering up spare blankets, tarps, or any other materials that can help protect those who need it from the rain can make a big difference. Being aware of the health concerns and advocating for more short-term shelters is also useful.
3. Knowing About and Supporting Emergency Shelters
Baltimore County, which neighbors Ellicott City, has four year-round emergency shelters. These include Eastside Family Shelter (9100 Franklin Square Dr., Suite 108, Rosedale, MD), Hannah More Women’s Shelter (12041 Reisterstown Rd., Reisterstown, MD), Westside Men’s Shelter (55 Wade Ave, Catonsville, MD), and Night of Peace Overnight Family Shelter (7509 Windsor Mill Rd., Windsor Mill, MD). To access them, call 410-853-3000 and hit option 2. Contacting your local shelters and offering support is also a fantastic option for those of us who don’t need to worry about flooding and storms.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping Baltimore
To learn more about our youth programs, Attendance Affirmation Project, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.