This spot of bad weather (and I can’t refer to it as a major event, it’s really a pretty small amount of snow), has caused roads to grind to a standstill, people have been left in their cars overnight in freezing conditions on blocked roads, people stuck on trains as well – we really need to get a grip, but our councils have let us down badly.
Well paid, and well funded, they have failed to send out gritters, they have failed to send out snow ploughs, leaving villages cut off from the rest of civilisation. Amongst all of that people were not prepared. Many needed basic food items, and have had to get help from neighbours to cope. Up north has been the worst hit, but all over the country unprepared people have come up against problems created by unprepared councils and companies (like British Gas who’s call centres are rejecting calls from desperate people with broken down boilers, who are elderly or vulnerable).
This ought to be a wake up call for us all. We get a freeze like this once every five to ten years. This is nothing compared to 2010, yet the schools are closed and so on. It’s a sign of the state of this nation that we have become so weakened! In my youth, we were expected to get to school, go to work etc., in just such conditions.
I’m saying all that to say this – be prepared! I’ve warned so many friends to be prepared! Have some extra tins of food in your cupboard, and a spare loaf of bread in the freezer – don’t be caught out by weather like this! Yet many don’t think ahead, don’t have in any extras, and then have to struggle out. If the council isn’t gritting the roads, you can’t very well go out like we used to back in the day. It’s not a good situation.
But we also need to be prepared for others too. Watch out for elderly neighbours – can you lend a hand? Is there something you can do? Perhaps you can cook a meal for someone, or give them something which they’ve run out of? We all need to muck in together and act to benefit others. A friend brought me firewood, and I swapped it for something I had which I knew they could use. They would have brought it even if I had nothing to give. They are good like that!
The inspiration for my post today came from this article: (Link)
Again human goodness shines through. I quote:
A heartbreaking photo of an elderly homeless man huddled outside a Tesco in a bid to shelter from the freezing temperatures brought on by Storm Emma has spurred an entire community to action.
The picture of the frail man wrapped up in blankets next to a trolley full of his belongings led to people in Erdington, Birmingham, helping him get off the streets.
Sitting outside a Tesco, the unnamed man, who is believed to be in his 70s, was spotted by a passer-by who shared the tear-jerking scene on Facebook.
Jo Bialan posted the image with the caption: ‘Never in a million years when giving out clothes did I think I would come across this – OMG.
‘He’s been there all night and I’ve given him stuff and hot coffee to keep his hands warm. Surprisingly said, for now he is OK.
‘Please share this – Tesco’s Erdington High Street, have gone to work crying, phone calls to make, this guy is in his 70s.
‘Birmingham City Council, Age Concern, Theresa May – god help this country.’
Birmingham City Homeless Support later reported that they had found him a place and he’s off the streets. This is action!
This woman was a good Samaritan. She didn’t walk by on the other side of the road, she took action and now one very cold elderly homeless man is off the streets and in the warm. Words and prayers only get us so far, and I have written before about the invisible sticking plaster of prayer (a bit of a rant to be honest! 🙂 )
We need to think ahead whenever we can (for ourselves and for others), but we must also be prepared to take action when there are needs like this.
This story is heartwarming, because it has a happy ending, but there must be others like him out there who have not yet received such help.
God Bless you