Hurricane relief fund for Doug
This is David the Producer and I have set up this GoFundMe on behalf of Doug from the Who's Right podcast. Doug and his wife and daughter will use the funds to begin rebuilding their lives as the recent hurricane has taken everything from them. Their only option is to stay at a hotel until they can find another residence. These funds will help them get through this. These emergency funds will be transferred to Doug immediately once I receive them from GoFundMe.
Doug from the Who's Right podcast needs our help. Doug and his family live in North Carolina and they were lucky enough to escape Hurricane Florence to the safety of Virginia.
He was informed today that everything he owned was taken by the hurricane. His home is 100% underwater due to the surge of the ocean and his family lost everything. Insurance will not cover his loss and he and his family are without a place to live, lost three cars, furniture, and are financially devastated by the storm.
Hello again everyone. Just figured I would give you yet another update as to how this adventure has been going.
A friend of mine recently posted something along the lines of “A manmade disaster separates us; a natural disaster tends to bring us together”. With everything we have gone through since that bitch Florence showed up, I think I can vouch for that as well. Between the calls, emails, and text messages I have received asking me if there is anything I need, you folks that have donated to help us out, and the people that have helped in other ways; I have been overwhelmed.
In a very short period of time – I went from sitting in my chair watching some stupid show on TV wondering when the pizza was going to get delivered to sitting on my front porch, staring at a pile of my stuff in the front yard and eating an MRE that was dropped off by the National Guard. Life is interesting, that is for sure.
I have learned quite a bit with all of this. When there is a disaster such as a hurricane, people come from all over the country to either help or profit – they flock here. You take that large number of visitors and couple them with the people (such as my family) who were rendered homeless overnight and what you come up with is a shortage of hotel rooms. You end up only being able to book a room for one night and then you have to search all over for a room for the next night. This isn’t meant to make you feel sorry for me, it is only a set up to the next thing that I write – North Carolina has some of the nastiest motels on the face of the earth. I was walking down the hallway towards my room and the only thing I could think was “bad things happen here”. After working all day sorting our wet garbage and then driving the hour to this particular shithole, we didn’t have it in us to leave and drive another 40 minutes to the next nearest hotel with an opening. We got extra blankets from the front desk, laid them across the bed, dressed in an extra layer of clothes and crawled on top of it all to fall asleep. I am not joking when I say that I have slept in county jails that were more comfortable (and less disease ridden).
Anyway, that is enough for tonight. I just want to say thank you again to all of you that have helped. Hopefully, this journey comes to an end pretty quickly, I am getting worn out.
I feel compelled to give you another update whether you want it or not. We were finally able to get into our house and look around at the damage. It looks like we might be able to salvage some of our furniture but we aren’t 100% on that yet. We met the FEMA inspector at the house and he was able to give us some tips on possible “saves”. It turns out that – and this is commonly known I found out; when an area floods, it's not just ocean/river water that comes into your house, its also the sewer. In other words, I am pretty sure my entire neighborhood ate Mexican food to prepare for the storm.
We are going to look at a house tomorrow in a town further west (away from big water) – It's on stilts.
My family truly appreciates your generosity and I hope to update you further on our adventure in the next couple days.
Hey everyone – I just wanted to drop a quick note saying thank you for your generosity. It is truly humbling to be on this end of things. I realize that the only thing that is really important is that my family and I are safe – but with that being said, losing everything that we have all in one fell swoop is a real kick in the nuts. It’s funny how when you are watching a disaster on TV, you think “that sucks, I feel for those people” and then change the channel, but when it was your house or your town on TV and you start wondering, “how did I find myself in this situation, why us, why didn’t this happen to some shitty podcaster like Anthony”. I guess now, the series of events that led me to this hotel room in Virginia are not real important – what is important is that my family is safe, I am safe, and I owe all of you. I know that we will eventually get back on solid ground and when we do – I will pay this forward. I love all of you – thank you.