The largest hurricane I’ve ever seen just hit my home, Hurricane Irma. To say we got lucky this time would be an understatement. Seeing the damage to our apartment complex and our neighboring area, realizing that it all could have been so much worse if the hurricane had stayed on its original path… As a mother and provider for my family, it was horrifying to know everything we held dear could have been stripped away from us like the victims of last month’s Hurricane Harvey.
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For two days we stayed barricaded in our apartment listening to the howling winds, fearing tornados and flooding. While I did have a few moments where I had to pretend I wasn’t scared (which I’m sure my husband saw straight through), we were prepared and as safe as we could be so I tried to focus on that. We played Scrabble, read books, re-organized shelves (am I the only weirdo that did that while waiting out a hurricane?). Things could have been a lot worse. In a way, I enjoyed the time away from the internet and commotion.
This was the first hurricane that my husband and I have truly faced since “becoming adults.” There have been a few baby storms over the past few years, but nothing that we’ve had to handle with the amount of responsibility that we have now, and it wasn’t easy! With our one-car family, long work commute, a newly-minted toddler, and some recent health concerns – we had to rely heavily on others to help us get the shutters up and the power outage supplies we needed. We feel so lucky to have such support.
Our home doesn’t have any permanent damage, just one day without power (thank you FPL!) and a sweaty/cranky baby. Okay, my husband and I were a little cranky too. Chris’ father and his dog also stayed with us, so it was a really “fun” sleepover for the whole family without A/C. Jack had fun at least!
The funniest thing about being without power is that Jack discovered the Swiffer Sweeper. He has NOT STOPPED playing with it.
— Rebecca K. Sampson (@RebeccaKSampson) September 12, 2017
In our area, there are dozens of downed trees. Some laying on top of cars and many fences have blown completely away or crushed. We’ve had a few days navigating traffic without traffic lights, but thankfully most of them are going to be restored by the end of the week. It’s going to take a month to pick up all the fallen tree trunks in the county but I saw so many people in the community each other and that has been heart warming. People can really come together in a crisis.
Were you in the path of Hurricane Irma? How is your family?
An important note, make sure to have a disaster plan worked out with your family and update it yearly. Know local shelters and have a box of overall supplies (flashlights, non-perishable goods) so you don’t have to be involved in the shopping rush right before a storm. Trust me, it’s a stress that you don’t need.