Irma’s visit could have been much worse for us. Downed trees, debris, and some property damage…but we still have our homes. A loss of power for all, a loss of a little sleep for most, and a loss of income for some…but no loss of lives in the Cypress tribe. Rain, wind and minor flooding…but no storm surge upon our shore. Not every place and not everyone faired so well.
I can tell you that people all along Irma’s path prayed as fervently as we did during her long trek across the Atlantic, but I cannot tell you why some places in the storm’s path got slammed while Irma wobbled east at the last minute and we were spared the worst. I only know that I am grateful we got off as we did and now those of us with shelter and provision are to help our brothers and sisters who don’t.
The Cypress response to Irma will look like this: We will take an offering and the money will be dispersed in this fashion:
- We have members of the Cypress tribe who if they don’t work, they don’t get paid…and they didn’t work all week because their business was not open due to the storm. Nevertheless, their bills are still due.
- If there is still money available, we will help members of the Cypress tribe who had damage due to the storm that will not be covered by insurance.
- If there is still resources available from the offering then at this point we help people in our community who are connected to members of the Cypress tribe who fit into category one first…category two later.