Imagine you suffer from Alzheimer’s, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, being bedridden, kidney failure, cancer, or other illnesses that requires monitoring and care. You have medical equipment such as a respiratory device or a refrigerator to preserve medication.
Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on your home. The power is out and your life depends on access to electricity. Without power, you cannot use your respiratory device. Without power, you cannot refrigerate your medicine.
You are in urgent need of electricity but you lack the economic resources to get yourself an electrical backup generator. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a generator but are physically unable to make the drive to wait in line for hours to get gasoline or fuel to power it.
You have no option but to ask for help.
You have been stripped of what is necessary for your own survival.