By Kai Rambow
“It’s a miracle,” proclaimed one resident, “we have a lot to be grateful for.” The most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic, Irma, brushed past us as a Category 1 hurricane. There was very little damage here and most residents had no power interruptions.
Once the storm passed, 70 percent of Florida had no power. Having power meant air conditioning. We still have summer temperatures and humidity, and were able to keep cool. Power also meant we could contact friends and family to let them know we were o.k. And power also meant no loss of refrigerated or frozen foods – and hot meals. Our McDonald’s opened up later in the day after the storm and it was packed.
Seven million of our fellow Floridians lost power during the hurricane. Some communities will take days, possibly weeks to get power restored.
When Del Webb searched for locations, arguments were made for this location because it is 50 to 70 feet higher than the shoreline at the bay. As a result, we are frequently spared the major flooding that takes place in other areas and are not in an evacuation zone.
Different types of response teams were put into place enabling them to get into action quicker. We are fortunate that teams and resources are close by. The U.S. Virgin Islands, which survived Irma as a Category 5, has no power and is short on shelter, water and food. Getting aid is considerably more difficult for those in the Caribbean.
We were blessed many times over, and do indeed, have a lot to be grateful for.