Mike and I have our political differences but he’s right in this case. On a State, County, Local and volunteer level, restoration efforts are swift while through and careful. Search and Rescue teams jumped into high gear quickly, both official and volunteer. Comfort shelters opened up quickly so people can get a break, power restoration has been swift.
Clearing roads with search and rescue is usually the first step and it takes a few days to clear things up completely. Lots of chainsaws working right now.
I’m far away from it (250m south) so in one sense, I might as well be 1/2 way around the world. But one thing Florida’s good at, no matter who is in power at the time, everything _stops_ after a hurricane and recovery is a focus.
It took six days to get power after Hurricane Irma, which was a long time. We’re always told to expect three days max. But I don’t blame anybody. North Carolina may be turning help away, but Florida says, “Please, come in and help”.
Florida welcomed refugees from Puerto Rico after Maria, many who are now staying permanently, without hesitation or question, and Florida groups went down to Puerto Rico to help as well.
Andrew Gillum stopped his campaigning for a few days to help clean up Tallahassee, which he’s mayor of. It’s really an “all hands on deck” when emergencies come.
Mexico City, FL REALLY got hit hard. Worst I’ve seen in Florida although I wasn’t here for Andrew.
Gillum does a thing in Tallahassee where he meets with faith leaders to discuss things for the community, as each leader acts as a representative for their communities in a way that’s different from political leaders
This morning, it’s about recovery efforts. Tallahassee didn’t get eye-of-the-storm hit but 10s of thousands got power knocked out, trees blocking roads.
I don’t know about Mexico City, FL, which is 100m sw. I think the Apachicola State Forest protected Tallahassee from getting the worst of things.
Tyndell Air Force Base also got hit by the eye, so I’m sure military is also on the ground doing their part.
People are still unaccounted for though. It looks like Bay County, FL is non-stop hard at work but with everything topsy-turvy, groups are coming together to help.
Someone posted about their stepson: and another responded with a group for people searching for particular people.