Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know

Hurricane Michael: Five Things the World Should Know

“Everyone here has a story of loss they struggle to describe and recovery they cannot yet comprehend.” 1. There was no way to adequately prepare. We'd done this before, many of us, more than once; prepared for the possibility of a hurricane visiting us during the Season. We were used to Summer ushering in, not [...]

Faith Stands

As the winds roar, As the waves rise higher, As fear overcomes, Faith stands. As destruction grows, As devastation overpowers, As the broken cry out, Faith stands. As the world transforms, As the road ahead darkens, As we become weary, Faith stands. As we stumble forward, As the shattering continues, As our broken hearts grieve, [...]

There are Some Things You Just Can’t Prepare For

There are Some Things You Just Can’t Prepare For

Nothing could've prepared us. Not for this. Though we did prepare. We boarded up our windows. Stocked up on supplies. Safeguarded our valuables. But this time would be so much different than those that had come before. Pretty soon, all we had left were our prayers. And our fervent hope that we'd still be alive [...]

Hurricane Michael: So Many More Stories to Tell

Hurricane Michael: So Many More Stories to Tell

Nearly five months after Hurricane Michael ravaged the Florida Panhandle, economic setbacks and delays have made recovery increasingly difficult for Florida Panhandle residents trying to rebuild their homes, and their lives. Allie Raffa, Fox News, February 28, 2019 When I set out to capture the stories of Hurricane Michael across the Panhandle, I never anticipated the [...]

We Are Not ‘Ok’

Bay County homes totally destroyed by Hurricane Michael. Photo by Jane Smith My dear friend, Linda Artman, told me a story the other day that made me sad. She was flying into Panama City to spend a few weeks volunteering in the area, as she has done many times since Hurricane Michael, and to assist [...]

The Florida Panhandle, Four Months After

The Florida Panhandle, Four Months After

It's been almost four months since Hurricane Michael ravaged my home in the Florida Panhandle. With devastating 155-mph sustained winds and a storm surge that literally wiped Mexico Beach, Florida off the coast, this region is battered, bruised, broken, and hurting. The devastation in Mexico Beach, a coastal community in the Panhandle of Florida which [...]