When a power outage leaves you homeless, you might not have the luxury of being homeless
You might not be homeless if you don’t have a power supply for your home.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has launched an online campaign to help those who are without power, and some people who are not able to get electricity may be homeless.
The campaign aims to help people who live in isolated communities, but the Federal Emergency Administration (Fema) says many people living in rural areas and communities without power have been hit hard by the weather.
“We want to empower people who have been impacted by a power loss and to offer a financial assistance to those that can’t find a reliable source of power,” said Jennifer McLeod, assistant administrator for Federal Emergency Services, or FEMA, in a statement.
“We want people to know that they are not alone and that we are here for them.”
A small army of volunteers have joined the campaign, offering help to people in remote areas of Texas, Colorado, North Dakota, Oregon and New Mexico, as well as in California and Florida.
“I don’t think there’s been any other community where people are just completely reliant on us to make sure that they can get a power source,” said Sarah Pritchard, who lives in North Dakota.
“It’s a huge issue, and we really need people to step up and be there and help out.”
Ms Pritcher said she found a temporary power source for her home when she was stranded for two days after Hurricane Matthew.
“They had power for a while, and I was getting really worried that I would die,” she said.
“But they were able to provide me with power for three days.”
Ms McLeod said she is working with a group of people to find a home for Ms Pritchers family and other displaced people.
“What we’re doing is building a shelter for people that are still out there, because it’s just too much,” she added.
“They are just stuck, and it’s very difficult for them to get off the grid.”
The Federal Emergency Assistance Program (FAP), a programme for the US government, has helped around 700,000 people in need during the hurricane.
“This is not something we are going to sit back and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to keep doing this,'” Ms McLeod added.
“The power that we’re providing now is helping to keep people out of shelters and into homes.”
“It really has helped us,” Ms Prieght said.
“But there are so many more things that we can do to make it a little bit easier.”