I wrote this post about my experience with the US Army supporting disaster relief efforts after Hurricane Andrew in 1992 for a Masters level Travel Writing class that I took in the summer of 2016. It was originally published on along66.wordpress.com. I didn’t realize that it would become relevant so soon. My thoughts are with not only those who I know, but everyone who is evacuating and seeking safety as Irma heads to their state.
The first time I ever visited Miami, Florida was in 1992 after Hurricane Andrew, which at the time was one of the country’s most destructive hurricanes. Hurricane Andrew was so destructive that it destroyed approximately 25,000 homes, damaged another 90,000 – 100,000 and caused approximately $26.5 billion in damage. Insurance companies went bankrupt trying to pay claims after Hurricane Andrew. At the end of that year’s hurricane season, the name “Andrew” was retired from the list of named Atlantic hurricanes and replaced with “Alex”.
I was in the Army at the time, stationed at Ft. Bragg with the 82nd Airborne Division and we were deployed to provide disaster relief. I was there for two weeks. I remember arriving in Florida on that sticky day in August. The tarmac was blazing hot. I could almost see the heat rising off the asphalt and it seemed like I was sweating even…
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