Written by: Amaya Mann
September 14, 2017
Hurricane Irma: a category five hurricane down to a category four, and back up again. Residents all across the state of Florida were in a panic for weeks attempting to brace themselves for the first major hurricane of the year. Irma swept through the Caribbean islands destroying nearly everything in her path and leaving small islands, like the Turks & Caicos, that rely heavily on tourism for sustainability to pick up the pieces alone. Irma finally hit landfall in Florida on Saturday and she made her to the Florida panhandle on Sunday where the city of Tallahassee waited in anticipation.
Thankfully, the city of Tallahassee has made a speedy recovery from Hurricane Irma, leading some to believe that Hurricane Hermine, despite its devastation, may have been exactly what the city needed to get back on track. In 2016, over 100,000 City of Tallahassee and Talquin Electric Company users were left without power for up to two weeks after Hurricane Hermine, some for a bit longer. This time around a lesser number of 44,000 customers were without power and most are now back on line.
Though most have returned to their day-to-day lives, some have been left in ruins. Some South Florida residents that were ordered to evacuate have in fact lost everything. A local business Bare Waxing and Skincare held a five day drive for Florida Keys residents that were left with next to nothing. From canned goods to medical kits to feminine hygiene products, co-owner Victoria Landy says it’s the least they could do.
Florida A&M University student Matthew Bell started an Irma relief fund and a t-shirt sale for his home country of St. Maarten. One hundred percent of the proceeds go to purchasing toiletries and goods for the victims in St. Maarten.
Several community meetings will be held in the upcoming week to discuss the city of Tallahassee’s preparedness in the wake of the hurricane, as well as its recovery process. If you have any comments or concerns about Tallahassee’s disaster resiliency this time around you can email Irma@talgov.com or visit Tallahassee.com for more information.