You may think that we in Southern California fully escaped those triple catastrophes from Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Think again.

We didn’t fully escape anything. Even in Southern California, Harvey and Irma and Maria felt like successive tidal waves rendering us helpless, in a more virtual experience on every kind of screen, as we watched the floods climb over the front doors over every kind of building.

I am certain there is an excellent chance that you felt as helpless as I did.

As day after day of lingering disaster proceeded, and we watched families cope not just with the losses of their families but sometimes their family members, we began even in Southern California to end our feelings of helplessness. Many of us were at least able to reduce our helplessness by making contributions to the Red Cross.

I felt very happy to be able to make by my standards a significant contribution to the Red Cross toward providing relief against the September natural disasters in America.  Finally I ended up equating my contributions to the financial losses suffered in the disasters, and by dong that I understood that we have all to some extent shared the financial losses from the hurricanes.

But the lesson of all these hurricanes is that they have now become typical.

Over those weeks, every massive storm indeed became typical to each other as the ocean water that fueled them heated up toward 100 degrees.  Swimming in this ocean water would have been like swimming in warm coffee.  The actual temperature readings of the Gulf water around Texas at Harvey time was 85 degrees – a scientific record for that time and space,

Meanwhile the top meteorologists like ABC’s Dallas Raines keep reminding us that as long as ocean water is getting that hot, it is forced to twist into the most ferocious hurricanes.

That means that the East Coast and the islands including America’ s islands of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are bound to be hammered in years to come as the air that is continually growing hotter in the summers is continually heating up the ocean water there as well.

Continue, continue, and continue.  We may want to put that word somewhere in our brain for future use.  Because climate change has been continuing for so many years now that it is has finally become more accurate to call this the climate status quo.

And really, the consequences of these climate change effects are not just confined to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic.  Have you been noticing all these fires that have grown larger and larger around Santa Clarita over the last twenty years in almost exactly the same rate pace that summer temperatures just as the summer temperatures have been growing hotter and hotter.

Something tells me that I am not the only one in Santa Clarita to have spent a night in a local fire evacuation center in that period.

And if you have shared my experience, I am certain you were as grateful as I was for the Red Cross to pull up its truck in the morning with some of the necessities we neglected to take with us.

So I have learned after sleeping on the floor overnight in a crowded evacuation center at the College of the Canyons gymnasium that it is very difficult to have predicted in the previous evening what I would feel like eating in the morning.  So I was very grateful that the local Red Cross had brought every kind of food for the Santa Clarita evacuated that next morning.

More recently I thought of all the people who were displaced from their homes in Houston and Puerto Rico after the violence of Hurricanes Harvey and Maria and for all the relief needed for a return to normalcy.  The Red Cross and the Federal Government did of course respond as fast as they could, but in both cases sufficient reserves to respond immediately were not there.

Most of the fatalities suffered in the hurricanes happened within 24 hours of the storms, which is normal in any natural disasters.  This is why relief has to arrive at the disaster as immediately as possible.

But the immediacy of the relief efforts rests on what relief is ready in the storage houses of the Red Cross and the Federal Governments.

So here is a plea from another American guy – me – who has been paying contributions to the Red Cross after the fact to relieve our era of climate changes and related natural disasters.  Why not establish a fund now that could go could be ready to do into immediate relief later?

Chris Sharp- Commentary

Chris Sharp is an Educator and a prize-winning professional writer. He has recently published a new book titled How to Like a Human Being . Sharp's latest book is an Amazon Kindle collection of his published short stories, Every Kind of Angel . His commentaries represent his own opinions and not necessarily the views of any organization he may be affiliated with or those of The SCV Beacon.