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“Natural Disasters would seem to be an equal opportunity menace, indifferent to the economic status of the victims....the sight of the wildfires damaging multi-million dollar homes in California would indicate such ....However, the negative impacts of large-scale natural catastrophes often fall disproportionately  on the poorest members of  communities.... Those who already suffer from societal disadvantages are more likely  to be in harm’s way,  and they  are less likely  able to take defensive action or to reconstruct their lives after a disaster.”  Homeland Security Today [15 August 2008]

“......working poor families lack the earnings necessary  to  meet their basic needs—a struggle exacerbated by  soaring prices for food, gas, health and education." “About  60 percent  of  low-income working families are forced to spend more than one-third of their income on housing, and nearly  40 percent lack health insurance for one or both parents.  These families struggle under poverty  conditions despite parents working long hours.” “Still  Working Hard, Still Falling Short “ (The Working Poor Families Project)


“Working Poor” report::  Nearly  30 percent of  US families subsist on poverty wages.  Tom Eley -  Global - August 10, 2009





In 2007, according to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, 7.5 million people spent 27 weeks or more in the labor force (working  or looking  for work) and still earned below the official poverty level.  These individuals are classified as the “working poor.”  A Profile of the Working Poor, 2007 [March, 2009]


"....ranks of the working poor, a growing category of millions of Americans who play by the rules of the working world and still can't make ends meet." - " “The working poor. They are the forgotten ones"   The Chicago Tribune [April 25, 2004]



“ of the fastest-growing groups of people in the economy: the underemployed...involuntary part-timers make up about 6 percent of total  employment, compared to 2.7 percent a decade ago, according to BLS data.”  “America’s underemployed: 8 million and growing”  By  CHRISTOPHER QUINN, MICHAEL E. KANELL   The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

A UCLA  report forecasts that the nation is expected to lose 2 million jobs in 2009.                       

 [Dec. 11, 2008]

“Today,  more than 35 million Americans live in regions most  threatened by Atlantic hurricanes,”


May 21, 2009 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration -


— WSI Corporation’s updated 2009 hurricane season forecast  continues to call for 11 named storms, 6 hurricanes, and 2 intense hurricanes (category 3 or greater).

May 27, 2009

WSI Corporation




“Powerful storms that rolled across the Midwest  brought heavy rain, strong winds and unleashed several tornadoes, damaging homes and businesses, tossing railcars off their tracks and knocking out  power to thousands.


In southeastern Minnesota, daylight Thursday  revealed heavy destruction in the town of  Austin, where vehicles were thrown about, homes were heavily  damaged and power lines were knocked down. “

MINNEAPOLIS -  “Midwest Storms Flip Cars, Damage Homes”

June 18, 2009

By Jeff Baenen, The Associated Press


“As the 2009 hurricane season arrives, many  homeowners are finding insurance is either more expensive, or harder to get.



Homeowners from New York to Florida and in the Gulf Coast region are again seeing premiums rise and coverage change.  And more are being dropped completely  by  their carriers as insurers try  to limit their exposure in high-risk  areas.”  

“Hurricane insurance hard to come by”

01 Jun 2009


“The number of  children living in low-income families has continued to rise.  Most children in low-income families have parents who are employed full-time year round


Programs that provide support for low income, working parents can increase income and child well-being."  National Center for Children in Poverty [9/06]



“Over 13 million American children live in families with incomes below the federal poverty  level, which is $21,200 a year for a family  of four in 2008. The number of children living in poverty  increased by 15 percent between 2000 and 2007. There are 1.7 million more children living in poverty  today  than in 2000.”  National Center for Children in Poverty [10/08]


“Millions of American breadwinners work hard to support their families.  But, despite their determination and effort, many are mired in low-wage jobs that provide inadequate benefits and offer little opportunity for advancement and economic security.“  The Working Poor Families Project  

“Middle-income families are the working poor at food pantries and soup kitchens.”

Kansas City Star,  [September 12, 2006]


“1.9 million jobs lost in 2008, after 533,000 jobs were lost in November. “ ABC NEWS               

[Dec. 5, 2008]