Help the Children of Flint
Organized by: Zachary Himelhoch
EVENT DATE Feb 07, 2016
The people of Flint need OUR help. The water crisis plaguing my hometown of Flint, Michigan is a very serious situation in need of as much assistance as possible. For those of you who are not aware of the situation a brief timeline of events is listed at the bottom of the page (ABC News). The people of Flint have been poisoned due to lead in their water supply. The people of Flint were told repeatedly that this water was safe for them to drink despite their constant complaints and concerns to state officials. The city was under the direction of a state appointed Emergency Manager from 2011-2015, throughout the time the changes to the water supply occurred. Flint residents were unable to vote against the change of their water source to the Flint River, and their voices were then and continue to be ignored. The corrosive water from the Flint River proceeded to eat away at the lead pipes, creating lead levels on average 10 times higher tan the EPA limit, and in some cases high enough to be deemed toxic waste by the EPA (Washington Post). Though this information began coming to light in April of 2014, the water was not switched back to the Detroit water supply from Lake Huron until October of 2015. The pipes are now ruined, and the water continues to be unsafe to drink, bath in, cook with, or wash clothes with. Lead exposure in the developing minds of children causes irreversible brain damage, cognitive functioning abilities and behavioral disorders. The Flint Health and Child Development Fund is raising money for several aspects of crisis relief and management as well as increased educational and social services that will undoubtedly be needed for the children affected by this disaster. Please consider donating WHATEVER you can, even if it's only $1, together we can achieve what would never be possible individually.
Thanks, Zachary Himelhoch
Timeline of Events:
APRIL 2014: In an effort to save money, Flint begins drawing its water from the Flint River instead of relying on water from Detroit. The move is considered temporary while the city waits to connect to a new regional water system. Residents immediately complain about the smell, taste and appearance of the water. They also raise health concerns, reporting rashes, hair loss and other problems.
SUMMER 2014: Three boil-water advisories are issued in 22 days after positive tests for coliform bacteria.
OCTOBER 2014: A General Motors engine plant stops using Flint water, saying it rusts parts.
JANUARY 2015: Flint seeks an evaluation of its efforts to improve the water amid concerns that it contains potentially harmful levels of a disinfection byproduct. Detroit offers to reconnect Flint to its water system. Flint insists its water is safe.
MARCH 27: Flint officials say the quality of its water has improved and that testing finds the water meets all state and federal standards for safety.
SEPT. 24: A group of doctors led by Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of Hurley Medical Center urges Flint to stop using the Flint River for water after finding high levels of lead in the blood of children. State regulators insist the water is safe.
OCT. 2: Snyder announces that the state will spend $1 million to buy water filters and test water in Flint public schools.
OCT. 8: Snyder calls for Flint to go back to using water from Detroit's system again.
JAN. 5, 2016: Snyder declares a state of emergency in Flint, the same day federal officials confirm that they are investigating.
JAN. 16: Obama signs an emergency declaration and orders federal aid for Flint, authorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security to coordinate relief efforts, but denies the request for a disaster declaration.