End the Cycle of Damage Women Face From Natural Disasters

Washington, D.C. — With each natural disaster we face, it seems like we discover a new set of challenges for women dealing with the impact of the aftermath.  

Sixteen years ago, Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana and brought about 135 million dollars in damage, claimed roughly 1,000 lives, and displaced nearly 600,000 people. Hospitals were overwhelmed with patients, and federal agencies were slow to act as people spent countless days without water, electricity, food, and housing. Today, we are holding our breath as we wait to see if the damages of those affected by Hurricane Ida are synonymous or even more significant than those of Katrina.    

As we wait to examine the fallout, we must acknowledge one significant takeaway—natural disasters fuel the cycle of disparities and inequalities for women, especially women with low incomes and women of color. Natural disasters are becoming more frequent and catastrophic as the climate crisis evolves. With these life-altering events exposing systemic barriers within our society and economy, women are the top causalities.    

The frequency of these phenomena shrinks the recovery time for women as they struggle to find long-lasting resources that will address the umbrella of issues that emerge from our unstable climate. Some of those issues include homelessness, economic loss, a rise in violence against women, and the loss of access to healthcare. In a few days, weeks, or even months, people will begin to look the other way and leave these women to deal with the aftermath alone. Ignoring this issue perpetuates that cycle, a cycle that ultimately infringes on their civil liberties.   

Environmental Justice is an issue that NOW and its members are dedicated to tackling every day. One small step that we all can participate in is aiding the teams on the ground with enough resources to bring some relief to the people impacted by natural disasters. As identified by Gizmodo, here are some local and national organizations that are here to help those affecting by Hurricane Ida:   

You can locate more credible organizations using Guidestar or Charity Navigator.   

We are thankful for all the volunteers, organizations, people who give, and those who share resources with others. Aid should not stop when buildings are repaired or flood water recedes. Climate justice is a feminist issue, and we must act now to help improve conditions for all women. The cycle must end.   

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