Skype with a volunteer in Hurricane Michael

Last Wednesday , 21 October, London Richard, an American military psychologist was Skyping with my students of 3 ESO. He was speaking about his experience as a volunteer in the cities of Mexico Beach and Saint Joe, Florida, cities devastated by hurricane Michael on 11 October.

He was telling us about what was left in the area after winds of 250 km/h and gusts of up to 341 km/h: trees down on roads, on top of buildings, crushing homes and cars. Homes seriously damaged or destroyed altogether. Many others had simply gone as if they had never been there before. The water surge coming from the gulf was about 2-3 metres high and washed inland several hundred metres.

Fortunately, thousands of people had been evacuated before the area was hit by the hurricane. Now they are simply trying to come to terms with the destruction, concerned about what the future holds for them.

We also saw some pictures of the damage from hurricane Michael and children had the opportunity to ask him questions which they had previously made in class.

I am sure this talk will help children understand why it is so important for all of us to help other people when they experience tragedy or loss.Nieves Cortés Carvajal

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