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Help Get Supplies Directly to Puerto Rico

The number of recent hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, and more is simply hard to comprehend. It can feel overwhelming. It is overwhelming. However, people can overcome almost anything if they work together and look for solutions, and that is exactly what is happening with a group of AV Geeks turned relief workers in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. Right after the storm, a small group of folks in the US “chartered a small, elderly prop plane with a goal of raising $10,000 and…

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Points Friendly Hotels Still Closed Due to Hurricane Irma

It’s pretty common for airline websites to have a travel waiver or travel advisory of some sort up for at least an airport or two around the world at any given time. However, I have never seen anything like you will find on most US airline websites right now. There isn’t one advisory/waiver, there are tons and tons of them with different city groupings and valid dates and terms, largely because of all of the damage that tropical systems have done…

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Points Friendly Hotels Damaged or Closed by Hurricane Irma

I’m from the Gulf Coast, so I’ve never much liked hurricanes, and this hurricane season has only made that healthy fear and disdain grow. In addition to the destruction caused by Harvey, it is now Irma’s turn to ravage a path through the Leeward Islands, Caribbean, and sadly now it appears onto Florida. While having to change or cancel a vacation because of a hurricane is so incredibly insignificant compared to some of the other tragic outcomes a hurricane can…

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Getting Flights Out of Florida Before Irma Arrives

There are millions of people that live in South Florida, so even in a mandatory evacuation situation, airlines will only be able to fly out a very small percentage of residents in a short timeframe. However, every person that can get on a plane is one less that is on the highway for hours, or has to cross their fingers and stay put. I loved what JetBlue did yesterday in making evacuation by airline a realistic option by capping the…

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JetBlue Caps Nonstop Flight Prices Out of Irma’s Path at $99

If you live near the coast and a massive hurricane is heading more or less straight for you, it isn’t unreasonable to want to book the next flight out of town. The only problem is that you are working with a limited time window and lots and lots of your friends, neighbors, and visiting tourists are doing the exact same thing. In advance of Hurricane Irma, I personally saw flight prices out of South Florida jump yesterday from under $100…

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Mommy Points Post-Harvey Gatorade Drive

After going on Fox yesterday to talk about the role social media has played in connecting friends online in a way that they can help with specific on-the-ground post-Harvey needs, I’ve had lots of folks ask how they can help. I mean, the list of needs are endless, and I’m sure you are already well aware of lots of the big name charity organizations that are here helping, so it is hard to know how to best answer that question. I…

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Good People and Social Media Are Stronger Than Hurricanes

Time here has essentially stood still since Harvey made his unwelcome arrival on Friday, August 25, 2017. Nobody knows what day of the week it is, what time it is, and most of the anchors to normal schedules and routines such as work, school, and our kids’ activities have temporarily stopped. It is unbelievable how quickly the things that essentially ran your world are no longer a part of it. You quickly are reminded how much of a gift the things you…

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Banks Waiving Fees for Hurricane Harvey Victims

One of the things I worry about the most in the wake of a disaster like Hurricane Harvey is how in the world folks will get back on their feet financially, especially if they are out of work for a period of time and don’t have an emergency fund. Heck, even if you do have a decent emergency fund, it goes really quickly in the event of an actual emergency. You know, like one where your house and job literally…

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Houston Airports Re-Open, But Flights Still Largely Grounded

The Houston airports are now officially re-opened, but sadly that doesn’t mean that most flights are making it in or out. Being officially re-opened is a huge step in the right direction, but it is just one of many steps that have to be taken before things even resemble normal around here. Let’s talk about Hobby first. Hobby is officially open as of 4PM on Wednesday, but its main airline, Southwest, says they won’t be operating flights in or out…

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Helping and Hurting One Drop at a Time

I have lived in Texas near the Gulf Coast for most of my adult life, and I have seen hurricanes, floods, and tornados. I remember a very bad flood in 1994 that took out entire neighborhoods in my town with feet and feet and feet of water. I remember being off of school for a week and having to get a tetanus shot from volunteering in the flood water when that happened, because that is the sort of thing you remember as…

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