Plan!t Now has begun compiling stories and interviews from community members and first responders that have seen the destruction and degradation caused by severe storms. This section will be the crux of Plan!t Now’s new website, giving case studies for why community members threatened by severe storms should properly plan for the aftermath that follows. Over the coming weeks we will have the harrowing stories of hurricane survivors and those impacted by severe storms, this process will provide the ground work for our nonprofit’s purpose and direction.

Interviews will be conducted with community leaders, first responders and community members – these stories will enhance the scope of Plan!t Now, by finding the stories that enhance the necessity of severe storm preparedness.

We at Plan!t Now believe information is the key to avoiding likely tragedy. Knowledge is the essential component needed for communities in need to change and to prepare.

Vulnerable communities in the US, as well as along the coasts of Mexico, South America and throughout the Caribbean – vulnerable to poverty, health problems and poor education, as well as severe storms, hurricanes and other emergencies – are made more vulnerable when information is limited and doesn’t include first-hand accounts in their words and from their perspective. This is not to say that information – post severe storm damage – is not plentiful from agencies, both large and small. But the necessity of planning is reinforced when ordinary people relay their concerns and solutions; when those at a grassroots level have the power to help others prepare for their kinds of hardship – when the people have a network. Let the people have the power.

* Saving Grace: Adalyn Cooper and Elza Hayen on Hurricane Hugo
* An interview with Kay Snow on Hurricane Carla in 1961
* I was on Autopilot: An Interview with Warren Wilkerson, topics include pets, health, and toxin removal after a hurricane.
* Surviving Hurricane Ivan: One Family’s Story
* Take Action – Preparing for Disasters