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Helping Disabled, Rural Areas After Hurricane

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Paul Timmons is Board Chair of Portlight Strategies in Charleston, a non profit group focused on helping people in rural areas and those with disabilities after a disaster.


"We're able to go to those places and provide food, durable medial equipment…Frequently people's walkers and wheelchairs can be damaged during a storm surge. We can replace them and give them some mobility on a temporary basis," Timmons said.


Timmons' passion to help disabled people comes from his own experiences


"I have something called Guillain-Barre, which is similar to polio," he said.


Timmons says he can get his supplies to an area hit by a hurricane within 24 hours and provide two meals a day for 200 to 300 people for up to two weeks.


"We have a generator with capacity for refrigerator and freezers and begin feeding people with 24 hours after a hurricane has passed," Timmons said.


Critical assistance hours after a hurricane strike is a job that can be made easier by everyone following on simple rule.


"It's important for them to be prepared to able to sustain themselves for several days after a disaster," said Cathy Haynes, Charleston County's Emergency Preparedness Director.


Portlight Strategies has provided assistance following Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Katrina as well as the Haiti Earthquake.


You can get more information on how to donate or become a volunteer with Portlight Strategies by clicking here.

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