Everyone who evacuated ahead of Hurricane Irma, whether heading north or to a local shelter, had to make a hard call: What would come with them?
With not much time or space, you had to decide what was essential and what was a priceless memento you couldn’t bear to lose – photo albums, baby blankets, hard drives packed with photos, family heirlooms?
We’re still working on getting back to normal, and that means there are still a lot of questions. We’ve continued to update our guide with answers to questions like:
We’re still here for you, so keep sending us what you want to know.
Plus, some hotels on Miami Beach are offering $99 a night (or less) stays for residents who are still without power, the IRS is offering an even longer extension for those who still need to file their taxes, and PAMM is offering free admission (and air conditioning!) today and Friday.
If you need a place to work after Hurricane Irma, we're offering a promotional limited-time day-passes for $10/person/day for a 5 day max. Learn More ».
Tragedy. Eight elderly people died in a Hollywood Hills senior center after it lost power, cutting out the AC. And the power outages are becoming a crisis for the elderly all over the region. With much of South Florida still without power, this should make officials pay particular attention to our most vulnerable communities. (Miami Herald)
Can you hear me now? Hurricanes Harvey and Irma showed us just how much 4G/LTE and the Internet can help an area recover after a storm. But what would we do if these reliable networks got knocked out entirely? The downed connections have been extra frustrating for worried family members of Keys residents. (Quartz, Miami Herald)
Don’t leave me hanging. Residents in two Edgewater apartment buildings were evacuated Tuesday to prepare for construction crews trying to secure a dangling crane. Irma blew the large crane over, making it unsafe for people who lived next door. It’s TBD on when residents will be allowed back into their homes – and when we’ll tighten up local regulations so this doesn’t happen again. (WSVN)
Trying to rebuild. Florida has more mobile and factory-built homes than any other state. They’re the types of homes most likely to be damaged in a hurricane – and the least likely to be insured. That means now, post-Irma, owners and mobile home residents are left with few options. (WSJ)
Ice Ice Baby. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez is calling on Publix and other local grocery chains to limit ice to one bag per customer until FPL can get power restored to more homes. (Miami Herald)
Extra-terrestrial. This is what Florida looks like from space when 6.5 million people are left without power during a hurricane. Spoiler alert: It’s dark. (Vox)
🏛️ 9/14-9/15: Free admission to PAMM
🎵 9/15: Amy Winehouse Tribute Weekend
🍲 9/16: Community Food Distribution
🎞️ 9/16-9/23: Brazilian Film Festival of Miami
🐶 9/17: Pups & Pints
🎶 9/19: Mumford & Sons
⚾ 9/20: Marlins vs. New York Mets
👊 9/21: Our Power Town Hall
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