Yesterday the ECHO-Florida team did some amazing work. And the weather, while hot and muggy, cooperated. In one full, sweaty, and exhausting day the ECHO-Florida campus was readied, as much as possible, for Hurricane Irma. 21 buildings, acres of agricultural and appropriate technology demonstrations, a high-speed computer network, and more…all requiring some level of preparation.
Last night and today our staff turned their attention to their homes and personal property. Some are evacuating, others are making preparations to “shelter in place.”
Now we wait. There is a lot of uncertainty about the forecasts with some projecting that the “eye” will traverse up the East Coast of Florida, others up the West Coast where ECHO is located, and some aiming right up the middle of Florida. All of them project serious winds, rain and potential flooding for us.
And we continue to try to turn from anxious thoughts to prayer. While we are asking to be spared the worst of this severe storm, we certainly care about everyone else who could be in this historic storm’s path. The devastation in the Caribbean and the example of Harvey are ever before us and they are sobering.
Thank you for continuing to pray with us. We have also been encouraged by the words of support from people across the U.S. and abroad – we appreciate them!