Scientology celebrates its disaster response in Florida, but struggles in Puerto Rico and Mexico - 2017-10-01
Scientology's hurricane and earthquake response continued this week, but in Clearwater, Florida it's all over but the congratulations. A banquet was held at the Fort Harrison Hotel to thank the Volunteer Ministers (VMs) who helped the downtown district prepare for Hurricane Irma, as well as for clearing fallen trees and brush following the storm. It appears that not all VMs in Clearwater were Sea Org members, many were public Scientologists.
Store owners were similarly grateful for the VMs, and organized a thank you stroll along Cleveland St., the main shopping street in the city. Many owners are Scientologists, but this event is being supported by non-Scientologists as well.
Puerto Rico was hit by the same hurricane as Clearwater, but the situation there is much different, after the island was hit with a second major storm, Hurricane Maria. A few VMs have come to the island in a true humanitarian crisis, in urgent need of food and water, but they have brought only chainsaws.