By Jenee Matthew
Members of the Upsilon Psi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. recently took time out to help victims of Hurricane Michael in Quincy.
Hurricane Michael made landfall as a Category 4 storm on Oct. 10, affecting the Florida Panhandle and other areas inland. The hurricane destroyed power lines, trees and homes as it made its way north and east.
Organizations such as FEMA, Salvation Army and American Red Cross, as well as individuals across the state of Florida, have all contributed to help the citizens of Gadsden County recover.
Fraternity members Jean Desire, Nathaniel Dommond, Derrick Taylor and Jehojada Jean-Baptiste were among the many volunteers across the state who have aided recovery efforts by handing out supplies, cleaning up downed trees, repairing damaged buildings and other efforts. Members of the Omega Lamplighters, the fraternity’s youth development organization, also assisted with relief efforts in Quincy,
“The Army was already set up when we got there” said Dommond, a senior pre- occupational therapy student from Fort Lauderdale. “My fraternity brothers, along with the lamplighters, helped them pass out food and water to families in need.”
The Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office and Talquin Electric Cooperative have worked around the clock over the past weeks in an effort to restore power and resources to the people of Gadsden County.
“The hurricane missed the main part of Tallahassee so when we arrived in Quincy, I was shocked” said Jean Desire, a senior pre-physical therapy student from Belle Glade. “There were power lines on the ground, trees cut in half, roofs of houses missing and much more damage that was honestly heartbreaking..
Most of the power has been restored in Gadsden County, but there were two deaths there as a result of Hurricane Michael.
“We are here to put forth every effort with our search and rescue and to aid the citizens in Gadsden county,” said Anglie Hightower, public information officer for the Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office.
As relief efforts continue, the members of Upsilon Psi hope their contributions to the cleanup can help residents of Gadsden County move ahead as they continue to recover from this historic hurricane.