Weekend Diaries: Hurricane Irma + Family = Cabin Fever

Hello Lovely,

Above all things I want to give God thanks that the Hurricane did not hit my country, but I am mortified at the damage it has done to the rest of the Caribbean. I will be taking this week off from the blog to focus on creating new content. At the bottom of this post I have listed 15 relief efforts you can support to help these countries to rebuild.

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There's really not much to report this week. It was a pretty busy week for me at work until the threat of Hurricane Irma forced us to close schools on Thursday. I slept for 15 hours on Thursday (remember last week how I talked about being so tired), but the disruption of my routine left me with sleep anxiety and by Friday I had difficulty falling asleep.

My grandmother and my brother's girlfriend stayed with us. This meant I had no control over the television so I binged on Netflix until I didn't even want to look at my laptop any more. I don't have the kind of family that comes together and does fun things during natural disasters. We barely come together when everything is fine. I texted friends and saw through Facebook how everyone's family had mini parties while waiting on the storm that never came to us. I'm not saying that I'm not grateful for my family, I love them. I just wanted so desperately to escape them and do something fun. We had figured out by Thursday evening that the storm wasn't coming our way any more, but that didn't stop businesses from closing. The island was at a complete standstill as we still anticipated tropical storm force winds and rain. We barely had any of it. Even now, sure it's windy, but it's still so hot. My mum was even a little disappointed after all the preparation. But no one in my family was more disappointed than I was because I spent $20 on two fancy loaves of bread (there was a shortage of bread during the hurricane prep) only to find our regular bread at a gas station.

The only time I left the house this weekend was to go to church. I was grateful to see my friends and know that they were safe. I am still praying for all those affected by the storm as we keep our eyes on Hurricane Jose who is closely following. For more information on how you can help, check out these links below and have a safe weekend!

  1. http://staff.potentialchurch.com/irma-hurricane-update/
  2. https://twitter.com/sendrelief
  3. If you are a nurse and available to volunteer, please email BPRCHDPreparedness@flhealth.gov to volunteer.
  4. http://www.volunteerflorida.org/
  5. http://www.nvoad.org/
  6. https://donate.worldvision.org/hurricane-irma-disaster-relief
  7. https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund/
  8. http://www.redcross.org/volunteer/become-a-volunteer
  9. https://www.gofundme.com/irma
  10. https://support.gofundme.com/hc/en-us/articles/115012229348-Direct-Impact-Fund-for-Hurricanes-Harvey-Irma-Explained
  11. https://www.gofundme.com/aua-barbuda-relief-fund
  12. https://www.gofundme.com/etacaribbean-eagles-of-st-maarten
  13. https://www.unicefusa.org/stories/unicef-responding-catastrophic-hurricane-irma/32788
  14. https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/emergency_hurricaneirma/
  15. https://secure.aspca.org/donate/2017-web-irm-res-fir-T1-P1