There’s Just No Escape

There’s Just No Escape

Traveling home each day, there are reminders everywhere... Miles of piles, and shattered lives. Places that were, but exist no more. Broken soldiers, lining tattered streets. All that’s left, of our once green trees. Snapped into, these soldiers fell. Swept away, within the gale. I used to love, to drive these roads. Where beside the [...]

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 [...]

In the Silent Aftermath

October 10,2018 changed us forever. Surrounded by destruction, it was hard to imagine coming back from this. But at heart, the people of the Florida Panhandle are strong. They are the heroes in this story. The ones who inspire hope and wield inexhaustible strength. This is their story. Told in their own words. In their [...]

Your Silence Speaks Volumes

Your Silence Speaks Volumes

You ask me what it’s like to live in such a strange world. It wasn’t like this before, I say. Before that day. The one where the winds raged ceaselessly, roaring over and through neighborhoods, communities,miles and miles of our home. Taking so much, leaving so little. It wasn’t like this before the surging waters [...]

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 [...]

No, We’re Not ‘Ok’

No, We’re Not ‘Ok’

On February 22nd I wrote a blog about current conditions in the Florida Panhandle following Hurricane Michael. I had recently experienced a few encounters with individuals who had absolutely no idea what conditions are like just over the Hathaway Bridge in Bay and surrounding counties. They went so far as to say that things weren’t [...]