As you follow what is going on in the world, the name Ike is becoming more and more common in the news lately.

People along the Florida Keys are taking no chances with this storm, taking lessons learned from previous storms.

Hurricane Ike is looking closer to targeting the coast of Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi with possibilities of being a Category 3 or 4. It has already damaged much of Haiti and Cuba and is now on track  towards the United States as it moves towards the open waters of the gulf which have water temperatures in the  in the mid-80’s. This warm water is going to strengthen this storm as fast as hot water steams a bathroom shower.

The storm is no comparison to Katrina, but should be treated like it.  Hurricanes are rated based on the scale of 1-5 by the Saffir-Simpson scale.

Even as a Category 1 hurricane, damage is significant to possibly the millions. So what can we do as Millersville University students who are effected by the damage?

The Red Cross is short on blood, marrow, and financin -even if its giving up that red bull in the morning-.

Donations to national pet facilities for animal shelters are helpful. Deliver your unused clothing to shelters.  I ask that many Millersville University students observe the peak of the hurricane season in September and look into your hearts to help your country.

Many military soldiers give their lives for their country but now is your chance to give just a pint of blood, a pair of socks, batteries, or use your imagination to what is just.

Think of the satisfaction of helping someone without giving hundred of dollars by just the prick of a needle.

If you need more convincing, think of family members and maybe in threatening areas like California or Florida. Ask yourself, what if it happened to me?

Who is going to help me? It may look good for us now, but I’d either count my blessings or knock on wood until my fingers get numb.

Give to your country in terrible times. I know I will this week, and I hope my fellow Marauders can too. Good luck to all those who have suffered through past, present or future tropical storms.