Hello to all who come here.
In my about page I state that I am from the US Virgin Islands. St. Croix in particular.
In the month of September St.Thomas and St.John, our sister islands, were hit with the eyewall of Irma which was a Category 5 Hurricane. Both islands were absolutely crushed by the force of those 185 mph winds. Almost two weeks later St.Croix was pounded to the ground by Maria who was passing 30 miles south and was also a Category 5 monstrosity. Even though St.Croix experienced Hugo in 1989 Maria was a different beast that surprised even the most experienced local storm survivors. Then she headed to Southern Puerto Rico with an equal amount of ferocity and showed no measure of mercy for anything.
Locally we call them the” 2 Sisters.” Irma and Maria. From here on we can debate ad infinitum who had it worst. It’s as if we need to compare over who had the worst disaster story. Here’s the truth. It’s not a contest over who had it worst. This is a marathon of survival. The misery the ” 2 sisters” have wrought on every island they touched created a special challenge for each person to deal with. There’s no start or finish line. It’s all about survival of the smartest and how to adapt to a new normal.
Right now as an aspiring professional blogger this my new normal. There is no power in my section of the island so I blog in the dark. By 6:00 pm its night outside. I compose my post off line and post it when I’m able to connect. I have become an expert on the pros and cons on battery operated lanterns, headlamps and flashlights. Maybe the power will be restored around Christmas…..maybe. My job survived but balancing the management changes as well caregiver duties at home can be difficult sometimes. Power banks are my new friends as well enemy if they don’t give me a full charge. I can hunt for an outlet in 5 seconds behind chairs, tables even desks! Like everyone else we have become obsessed with catching a phone signal in the weirdest places. But there is much more to this situation of the recovery that I’m willing to blog about. I would like to welcome you on this journey, if you desire, to read about my observation of blogging during a recovery from 2 natural disasters. This is a unique situation of adaptation and observation on an island after 2 historic storms. The challenges that a recovery can present which can be overcome or not- and what a blogger like me can learn as well share with all of you.
Please come. we can all learn from this…..