Recent Posts by Sarah Ratliff

Sarah’s Tips for Preparedness: Minimizing the Impact of a Natural Disaster

Both before and in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria (September 20, 2017), whether in person or online, I have been involved in hundreds of discussions about preparedness. For those of us who've been through a natural disaster, we know being prepared was / is the difference between having one be an inconvenience or catastrophic. Obviously…
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Organic Farm Charity to Hold Benefit for Three Puerto Rico Farms

[caption id="attachment_6141" align="aligncenter" width="538"] Adharsh (high school student who founded Organic Farm Charity) with Paul and me[/caption] If I were better at writing press releases, that's what this would be but who needs all that pomp and circumstance when there are good people trying to do good things for others? Paul and I are thrilled—no…
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My Hurricane Maria Story: Paul and Sarah Ratliff

A Little About Me/Us I am in my early 50s and married to Paul, who's in his mid-50s. In September 2018, three days before Hurricane Maria’s first anniversary, we will celebrate our 10th anniversary living in Puerto Rico. Yes, we moved here during hurricane season. Paul was born and raised in Washington, D.C., and I…
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Hurricane Maria Stories

In just two weeks, six months will have passed since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Like most traumatic situations, for all of us on Puerto Rico, Hurricane Maria wasn’t a singular event. Long after our story was replaced with new headlines and the politicians decided what our individual and collective…
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BTI Toxin to Be Sprayed Over the United States, Puerto Rico

Although a slight improvement over Naled, whatever you've heard about Bti toxin, it's not the gentler, kinder way to address the so-called Zika issue. Over the summer, we the people of Puerto Rico reacted with horror and extreme anger at the U.S. Government and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s intentions to continue aerial spraying…
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