my thoughts go out to those that have been effected by this and those that will yet. I chartered a plane and flew several people out of Florida and we took refuge in Mexico. With the stresses on so many systems from Harvey and Irma to come we thought we would change it up. Do you have any idea how devastating it is to evacuate people from a natural disaster and land them in a massive earthquake?? I felt just horrible...I know I was doing a good thing...but it was like a knife to the heart.
Anyways....everyone was safe and we got relocated. SO today my BF wanted to fly to Barbuda and check on the family place they have there. So we loaded the plane up with water and other supplies knowing it would be put to good use and off we go. We couldn't land. We diverted to St Martin. We couldn't land. We finally touched down at CJL in Anguilla. Fortunately (you know what I mean) the supplies were needed there as well..so that was good.
It was horrible. I can't even describe it. Apocalypse. That is all I keep thinking. It is just destroyed. Utterly destroyed. We are back in Mexico now and intend to try Haiti and Dominican tomorrow. I have business there....some time back I started some production there where we pay well above standard wages and everything we pay in wages we also match and put into the community. I have explored a lot of these places...the amazing beaches and resorts of some areas and the devastating poverty of others that led me to take these initiatives...not good business decisions but they were right for me. Charity and outreach is fantastic, but building something that gives a sustainable future and hope...people crave that. I have not heard back from anyone despite several attempts. I know power is sketchy in places right now...but I am just ill from my nerves. My employees are my family and I am just sick worrying about not only them but the people as a whole.
Sorry...I am rambling...I can't sleep. This has just been soul crushing and I need to let some of this out to help and don't want to worry people I know here who are already freaked out. We got a good look at St Martin on the way back...it was bad. Barbuda...I can't even describe it. From the air it is just gone. Destroyed. We will keep trying...we know that wherever we put our wheels down that whatever aid we have is needed. Very difficult few days...and I know there are worse to come. It is just so devastating.