The past week has seen Florida hit with hurricane Irma and some challenges for everyone who lives and works here, for us at JD&J we were very lucky indeed, the brunt of the storm hit us on the Sunday afternoon/evening with our power finally going out in the early hours of Monday morning. With our property boarded up and equipment moved to higher places we all sat out the storm and kept our fingers crossed for the best.
Monday morning brought news of severe damage to the South West, locally we had flooding with roofs damaged, trees uprooted, all power gone and all cell signal down too, being based on the East coast (in between Daytona and Jacksonville) our coastline saw erosion and large storm surges too, but in comparison to Mathew in 2016 the coastline locally faired far better.
The clean-up after the storm is something that people just get on with, we had friends, relatives and even neighbors helping us and us helping back in return, the sense of community after Irma is something that can restore faith in humanity.
Back up and running we have had to ‘hot-desk’ and have been working on laptops wherever we can get wi-fi and/or cell signal, for me personally it’s meant borrowing my wife’s desk at her business, luckily, they all know me.
But the main thing is that we were very lucky, many parts of our state had an incredibly rough time of it, with the Keys being flattened and cities such as Naples and Fort Myers suffering with severe flooding.
The American Red Cross is collecting for both Hurricane Irma and Harvey, if you’d like to make a donation, the link to their website is here The American Red Cross every little makes a big difference.