Expedition Irma - The Calm Before the Storm

As many of you know, Captain Ian, Nick Pritchett, and myself journeyed to the Florida Keys recently to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We packed up a truck full of supplies and good intentions and drove through ten states to make it there the day after the storm. What began with 20 hour days of wellness checks, road clearing, and tagging submerged vessels ended with rakes, shovels, and cleaning supplies. We were ultimately there for over 8 weeks, or around 60 days. We experienced life changing moments, witnessed destruction like nothing we have ever seen before and hope to never see again, and participated in moments of healing and restoration that were more powerful than even the strongest storm. We made life-long friendships and saw the strength and resilience in a community that allow it to bend but never to break. Our own responsabilities and the upcoming holiday season brought us home from this adventure, but these stories are still raw and poignant in our hearts. There are so many stories to tell, and I am sure I will forget some things, get some things wrong, and decide that some things are better left only to memory. But for the most part, we wish to share these experiences with you, the WNA Community that gave us the strength and courage to go there in the first place. Check back regularly for each instalment in what I know will be a long but worthwhile saga. We hope you enjoy the tale of Expedition Irma and the WNA Rescue Team!

-Nancy S.

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