Natural disasters can strike anywhere. They can be anything from storms to diseases and all of them can affect others. In the places where these disasters strike, the victims can get hurt or lose everything they have. The people affected by disasters are in need of someone to help them, and that is where I come in. Throughout my life, I have seen many things that have inspired me to go help those in need. These events, such as Hurricane Katrina, the Tupelo tornado, and the Ebola outbreak of 2014, have opened my eyes to reality, making me want to go outside my comfort zone to help others where disaster strikes.
Driving back home from my family’s visit to our soon to be new home in Mississippi, my family and I found ourselves lost in an unfamiliar part of Alabama. It was about 1:30 in the morning, and all we could see were dark roads, tired faces, and an almost empty gas tank. We searched and searched for a hotel to stay at for the night, but all the signs read “no vacancy”. This was around the time of Hurricane Katrina and as a result, all the hotels were full with Katrina escapees. I soon realized just how massive this storm was and how many people it had affected. “Katrina was the most destructive storm to strike the United States and the costliest storm in U.S. history, causing $108 billion in damage… an estimated 1,833 people died in the hurricane” (Zimmerman). At the time I was only six years old when I saw that those people had lost everything they had, and I wanted to go help them. I soon realized that bad things can happen anywhere. Although this major disaster happened a state away from me, something would happen years later that was right down the road.
Nine years later in 2014 on April 29, a de...
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... that can be treated and cleared from people’s bodies for good. Although I have always known that I wanted to work in the medical field to help people, now that I know of these things, I feel like I can do that in a different way. I want to go to other countries to provide help, healthcare, and love to those who do not have the resources to see a doctor.
A disaster is “a sudden event, especially one occurring suddenly and causing great loss of life or damage” (Webster’s Compact Dictionary). Therefore a hurricane, tornado, and diseases are all disasters. Hurricane Katrina, the Tupelo tornado, and the outbreak of Ebola have all affected me. These things have all impacted me in my life and encouraged me to help in any way possible. They have shaped me to realize what I want to do, and that is to go to where disaster strikes to help those in which the disaster affects.
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