Bye, Bye Irma

Hello, Three Storm Systems Currently in the Atlantic

Well, I survived Hurricane Irma here in Jacksonville, FL. Our city was basically shut down from Friday, September 8th to Monday, September 11th and rightfully, so. The amount of damage this Category 1 hurricane left behind gives me reason to believe, we couldn’t handle a stronger Irma. Bottled water was even scarce in the days leading up to the worst of Irma. I’d never seen anything like this in my 39 years here in the city. Our city-wide shutdown was then extended to the entire week of September 11th to the 15th. This year, the focus wasn’t so much on the commemorative ceremonies usually held on behalf of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As Floridians, we were still with our fellow Americans in spirit as we were dealing with our own disaster. Massive flooding, large trees down, some blocking access to roads, property damage, no electricity, cable or internet service has been life in “da Ville” for at least a week now. Personally, I lost power for nearly a day, my cable/internet remained down for nearly a week, hampering my ability to work from home. I’m not complaining but still learning the art of gratitude. It’s in our best interest to learn and grow from challenges rather than complain and attack. Here’s my hope for the future with regards to Hurricane season:

1) We all get real about climate change and make it a priority

2) We need to be putting our power lines underground as much as possible

3) We need to focus on solar power and wind

4) We need to continue to hold power/cable companies accountable to customers, with regular, specific status updates on service restorations during hurricane season

5) We need to provide more resources to low-income, poor residents and immigrants whom are disproportionately impacted by lack of transportation, loss of electricity, inability to evacuate or those who possibly face detainment and deportation if they seek shelter or other relief

 

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About TheQuirkyEccentric

The Quirky Eccentric is an author and licensed registered nurse in the state of Florida with over 15 years of experience in multiple areas of the healthcare industry. I received my Associate of Science in Nursing from Florida Community College at Jacksonville and my Bachelor's Degree from Jacksonville University-news/politics junkie, urban, Mama's girl, cat woman, socially lazy, loner, liberal. I firmly believe you can learn something from anybody, I respect people from all walks of life, equality for all. Check out my page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B073YKYGL7
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