The U.S. Broke Its Own Record For Financial Damages Due To Natural Disasters In 2017

2017 was a rough year, there is no other way to look at it. The U.S. had a difficult year in many aspects, but it was the constant barrage of natural disasters trying to knock the nation to its knees that did some of the worst damage. Last year alone, the U.S. found itself dealing with 16 separate natural disasters that did over $1 billion in damages each, 10 more than the usual yearly average.

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After tallying up the total bill for damages following all of 2017 insanity, the final bill turned out to be $306 billion, eclipsing the previous record of $215 billion set in 2005, and a huge portion of that was due to hurricane Katrina.

In fact, if we are just talking about hurricanes, three of the five most expensive hurricanes of all time happened this year: 1. Harvey, 3. Maria, 5. Irma. It just seemed like no matter how much work was done, the hits just kept coming.

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Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico definitely took the brunt of the damage, but Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina and Tennessee all faced down disasters that did more than $1 billion in damages.

8-Year-Old Holds Toy Drive For Victims Of The Hurricane

Christmas: it is the season of giving, of love and appreciation, and helping those less fortunate. We all hope to instill some of that magic in our children as they grow up so that they can discover the joys of spreading goodwill across the world.

It seems that this was taken to heart by Jayden Perez, an eight-year-old boy from New Jersey who wanted to do his part to help the children in Puerto Rico after seeing the destruction from the hurricanes this past year.

It all started back in September when his mother’s boss gave them tickets to go see the New York Giants, his favorite team. They were overjoyed, as Jayden was a huge fan of the team and football in general.

Jayden was particularly struck by this act of kindness. So when Hurricane Maria rolled over Puerto Rico and caused a lot of destruction, he convinced his mother that they had to go around and collect donations.

They managed to ship out 40 boxes when they were finished, but this was only the beginning for Jayden.

Dog Found Deaf And Alone At Gas Station Learns Sign Language To Help Him Find A Home

The hurricanes that ripped through the country earlier this year not only destroyed people’s homes, but also displaced thousands of pets. As heartbreaking as it is, many animals were left behind in the commotion. Scruffy was one of the unfortunate dogs who lost his home, but that wasn’t all he lost.

Scruffy was found at a gas station in Houston, Texas, after hurricane Harvey destroyed so much of the city. He had nowhere to go and no one seemed to be looking for him. The problem wasn’t only that Scruffy was homeless, he was also sick. His ears were severely infected when he was brought into the shelter, but they knew he deserved a chance at a happy life.

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Scruffy was one of 40 dogs that were taken in by the rescue agency Redemption Paws, who brought the animals up to Canada to give them the medical attention they so badly needed. Now that he was safe, he just needed somewhere to stay while they looked for his forever home. They found someone to foster him, but while he’s been there, he has picked up some unique skills that very few dogs would know…

With A Hurricane Threatening She Asked Her Professor For A Favor, And He Didn’t Disappoint

When Hurricane Irma was threatening the south-eastern seaboard, many people took the advice of government officials an decided to evacuate.

When Jessica Lewis felt the danger was too much, she knew she needed to pack up her belongings and head home to Atlanta for the weekend. But there was no way she was leaving without her best friend, Luna.

As the storm approached, it became obvious that Jessica was not the only one who took the warnings to heart. Traffic was already beginning to back up on the highways throughout Georgia and it seemed like it would only be worse .

With her Friday schedule cancelled, she only had one class remaining on Thursday before she could go to the safety of her parents. She decided to reach out to her professor to see if he would allow her to bring Luna to class so she could make a speedy get-away.

Fortunately, Professor Joshua Kennedy is an avid dog lover, and understood her situation, and so responded accordingly.

Normally professors would worry about the extra distractions that an animal would add to the classroom, but Luna had other plans.

The Important Reason Why This Photo Of Lady Gaga And The Former U.S. Presidents Is Going Viral

Lady Gaga is not only one of the biggest pop stars in the world, she is also a philanthropist who uses her fame to elicit change and bring awareness for important issues.

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This week, you may have noticed that a photo of the singer alongside five former presidents of the United States has been circulating the web, and there’s a very good reason why.

The singer was one of the performers at the “Deep From the Heart” charity concert that was held at Texas A&M University on October 21 in the name of hurricane relief. Since ex-presidents George H.W Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama were the brains behind One America Appeal, a campaign launched in September for hurricane relief, they were also present at the fundraiser.

Lady Gaga shared the photo on her Twitter page with the caption, “Nothing more beautiful than everyone putting their differences aside to help humanity in the face of catastrophe. #OneAmericaAppeal

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In true Gaga fashion, the entertainer surprised fans by performing three songs before announcing that she would also be using funds from her Born This Way Foundation to help the victims who have experiences mental and emotional trauma.

The concert was broadcasted online and together they raised over $2.6 million to benefit the Houston Harvey Relief Fund, Florida Disaster Fund, Junto y Unidos Por Puerto Rico and The Fund for the Virgin Islands.

The night went without a hitch, but two days later George Bush took to Twitter to express something he wished he had done differently. Barack Obama also got in on the action and things got very interesting.

Video Showing Sinkhole That Swallowed A House Proves That Disaster Can Strike At Any Time

Ellen and Gary Miller had lived in their three-bedroom home in Apopka, Florida for nearly 50 years. They raised their children there, had family dinners, Christmases, Thanksgivings – you name it. if it dealt with family, it happened under that roof.

But on Tuesday September 19th, those memories were swallowed up by mother nature. Ellen and Gary were able to evacuate their long-time home before it was eventually swallowed up by the ground.

Strange sounds, followed by enormous cracks to the walls and foundation were what tipped them off that they needed to get out. Family and friends were able to help the couple remove some of their keepsakes from the home before it was unsafe to be inside, but unfortunately the couple lost their original wedding rings.  

“I wasn’t sure what all the sounds were until I got up and saw the big, huge cracks in the walls, and they were just enormous,” Ellen Miller, 69, told News 6. “It’s the only home I’ve ever had.”

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