For the past 10 days, the East Coast has been experiencing brutally cold weather. Fountains have frozen over, ponds look like glass, and the temperature for several states have dropped several degrees below zero. The United States is like an icebox at the moment. And it looks like it's going to get even chillier. If you're able, you can donate clothes to people during the bomb cyclone.
For starters, you need to know what a "bomb cyclone" is. A bomb cyclone is more popular expression for the scientific term, "bombogenesis." Bombogenesis is a powerful weather system created by a steep drop in atmospheric pressure. In a bombogenesis, the pressure drops by at least 24 millibars within 24 hours. This ends up creating an intense and cold storm.
Weather forecasts indicate that a bombogenesis is on its way to hit the East Coast on Thursday. The potential winter storm headed toward the East Coast is exceptionally noteworthy since weather forecasts predict that the pressure could drop by a stunning 45 millibars. And this could be terrible for people on this side of the country. The National Weather Service noted, "This rapidly intensifying East Coast storm will produce strong, damaging winds — possibly resulting in downed trees, power outages, and coastal flooding."
For people who may not have their homes or warm clothes to wear, the bomb cyclone could be fatal. Here's how you can help.
1. Find A Local Homeless Shelter
Different states have different homeless shelter services, and they're all looking for warm clothes for those in need. Check out which service operates in your state and donate warm, sturdy clothes if you can. You could save someone's life.
2. How To Help If You're In Washington, D.C.
If you're in the District of Columbia, you can donate warm clothes to the Central Union Mission as well as Community for Creative Non-Violence. The organizations accepts gloves, blankets, coats, sweaters, scarves, and other wearable items.
3. For Those In Maryland
For those in Maryland, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless needs your help. If you live in Maryland and have an extra blanket or clothes, you can donate them to the organization.
4. Where To Donate Warm Clothes In Virginia
If you live in Virginia, you can help by donating warm clothes and blankets to A-SPAN in Arlington.
5. Coat And Blanket Drive In Orlando, Florida
For those in Orlando, Florida, you can donate to the Orlando Police's clothing drive that will take place on Jan. 5. The department tweeted the time on its Twitter account and seeks coats and blankets for people in need.
6. Clothing Drive In Atlanta
Bassnectar Network in Atlanta is seeking winter clothing such as socks, gloves, undergarments, coats, and blankets for its clothing drive. If you're in the state and have extras on you, check out the network's event details and donate what you can.
7. Donate In Massachusetts
If you're in Massachusetts, you can donate your blankets and clothing items to the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless.
8. Where To Donate In Texas
If you're in Texas, you can help by donating your blankets, coats, and sweaters to Salvation Army Texas. You can schedule a free pick-up or drop your donations off at a designated location by checking the website's pick-up and drop-off resource.
A bomb cyclone sounds intimidating, even impossible to get through. But with contributions from caring and concerned people, this harsh weather will be another thing of the past.