Well folks, it looks like today is going to be another scorcher here in North America. I know you are all probably tired of hearing about the weather already and the over zealously named………..
POLAR VORTEX!!!!! DUN. DUN. DUN.
Still, I can’t not talk about it, partly cause everyone is doing it and hey that’s reason enough for me, but also because if I don’t keep typing continuously I fear my fingers will freeze and fall off.
So coming from someone who is becoming more and more obsessed with a survivalist lifestyle everyday, (I blame The Walking Dead) here’s my thought process.
I tend to take my time getting ready and really think about what I’m wearing. Not so much like “oh, that is super totes cute and goes perfectly with my Ugg boots!!” But more like “yep, if I wear that layer then if I fall and need a tourniquet I can tear that off and it will do just fine” and “obviously I’m going to wear the big boots, how else could I survive the apocalypse without my big boots?” If I’m not wearing it, it’s probably shoved into my purse or thrown in my car, ya know, just in case. However, since most people don’t seem too worried about the pending ‘end of days’ (and to those people I say go read or watch THE ROAD) I will spare you the details of my constant anxiety.
I would like to point out that while many of us don’t have to worry about such “silly” things as layering or starting fires, there is a fairly sizable number that do. We complain about the walk from our car with the heated seats to our homes with fireplaces that turn on with the flip of a switch. On days like this I ask you to take a moment and consider, what if that feeling dread you have when you think of leaving your warm bed simply to get into your hot shower was a feeling you knew would never go away. People all over the country who are without homes or who live in impoverished conditions are no doubt thinking about their survival today. It is reported that 700 homeless people die annually from hypothermia.
If you would like to help in your community or want to call in for someone who may need help here are a few numbers… (Thanks to Dan Diamond from Forbes.com for doing the leg work and providing this list.)
- Atlanta: 404-447-3678 for the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless
- Baltimore: 311
- Birmingham, Ala.: 205-252-9571 for the Firehouse Shelter
- Boston: 617-534-2526 for Friends of Boston’s Homeless or dial 311
- Chicago: 311
- Denver: 720-944-1007 for Denver’s Road Home (during business hours)
- Detroit: 1-800-274-3583 and 1-800-343-4427
- Fort Collins, Colo.: 719-632-1822 for Springs Rescue Mission and 970-484-5010 for Catholic Charities-Larimer County
- Kansas City, Mo.: 816-474-4599
- Las Vegas: 702-369-4357 for HELP of Southern Nevada (from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday)
- Minneapolis: 612-879-7624 for St. Stephen’s street outreach team
- New York City: 311
- Philadelphia: 215-232-1984 for the Project HOME Homeless Outreach Hotline
- San Francisco: 311
- St. Louis: 314-802-5444 for the Housing Resource Center hotline (between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., Mon-Friday)
- Thunder Bay, Ontario: 807-620-7678 for the SOS team (operates between 2 p.m. and 2 a.m.)
- Toronto: 311
- Washington, D.C.: 1-800-535-7252 for the Hypothermia Hotline
I’ve seen enough negative arguments back and forth in the comment boxes of articles and blogs to know that it’s hard to say anything without someone taking offense or wanting to tell their point of view. So generally I try to keep things lighthearted here at Le Monkey House. But, seeing as how we are finding ourselves in the middle of a POLAR VORTEX I figured I’d put on my big girl pants and risk rocking the boat. So here’s the way I see it. We may not all agree on why people are in the situations they are in. We may not all agree that it is our responsibility to help. But, in my head (and heart) I would like to assume that we can all agree it’s frickin’ cold out there and no one deserves to left without heat, or maybe more importantly, hope.
Le Monkey House