by Patch O'Furr
Poor Texas. I can’t wrap my mind around the extent of devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. It’s taught me a few things I never knew, like, most of Texas has no fire codes. That’s how you get to see a chemical plant blowing up worse than a bunch of MFF gas attacks. I think the lack of safety precautions is caused by political lobbying, and in a way it’s all about putting short-term profit ahead of preparedness for the future. It makes as much sense to me as inviting Godzilla to stomp in. OK, enough silliness though. I just needed a mental image to make you click for a good cause.
Things are easier to understand when they’re personal. I wanted to see a furry side to the hurricane, so last week I posted about donating to animal rescues. And I kept wondering, what happened to friends of the fandom in the hurricane’s path?
The answer hit closer than anything I expected. Andre “Dracokon” Kon, friend of Dogpatch Press and syndicated furry news contributor, had his house and creative studio flattened. And speaking of politics and profits (there was a reason) – Dracokon is getting double-stuffed by insurance and FEMA. (Is this another weird Texas thing?)
FEMA has informed me that they will be covering a grand total of $0 in property damages. This is because the building was zoned as commercial even though I fucking lived there. Between FEMA and insurance I literally have nothing, rebuilding will come 100% OUT OF POCKET.
He had insurance but they won’t cover it for absurd reasons. In my professional estimation as an amateur newsdog – arrgh!
The wrecked studio is where Dracokon made his Youtube content (Gatorbox and What’s Yiffin’) that we share. He has been wonderfully generous with his time and talent. Every month he put exceptional effort into writeups to go with the videos just for readers here. I hope that he’s entertained some of you as much as me with these posts: