This past week was truly one for the record books here in Jacksonville. For several days we were faced with the threat of the most disastrous storm to hit our city in years. Trees were uprooted, homes were flooded, and businesses were destroyed.
Now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, many families are trying to repair their homes and rebuild their lives. When a disaster occurs it often makes us reflect on what’s important. We are reminded of what matters most. It’s not houses and cars. Those things can be replaced. It’s the lives of the people who inhabit those homes that matter the most.
Though our doors were closed during and after the storm, our hearts were open. We care about the residents of Jacksonville and are committed to being a part of the recovery.
As many of our customers work hard to put their lives and homes back together, let us be a resource to assist you.
Here are some helpful tips to address any physical damages:
- Beware of door-to-door solicitations for assistance with tree or home repair. Use only licensed and insured contractors and tree surgeons.
- If you need to burn storm generated waste, please be mindful that open burning is prohibited in Duval County without a permit.
- To aid in damage assessment efforts, residents and businesses are asked to report structural damages to 630-CITY.
As for mental health recovery:
- Spend time with family. If there is something good that comes out of a natural disaster, it has to be the fact that it forces us to cherish every moment. Life is so precious. Tomorrow is not promised. Make the most of every moment.
- Do what you can and surrender the rest. There will be so many things you can’t control: when the insurance adjusters will get to your property, how much they will pay towards your claim, if they will pay your claim, or how long your family will be displaced. None of these things are in your control. So, trust that it will all work out in the end. In the meantime, keep your peace.
- Get out of your environment. If all you’re seeing is chaos around you, it makes you feel more stressed. Get a change of scenery. Visit family and friends in a different part of the city. Do something different.
It’s times like this that our city’s slogan of “One City One Jacksonville” comes to life. Since the threat of Hurricane Matthew began our city leaders have all rallied together. From the Mayor’s Office, to JSO, to JEA, it has been a collaborative effort to keep us safe and to rebuild our communities.
Mayor Lenny Curry hit the streets this past weekend to visit neighborhoods that were affected. He and other city workers teamed up to give out water and Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) to families who remained without power and suffered extensive damage to their homes.
As for the Jacksonville Public Library, we want to remind you that at the end of the day we’re about much more than books and movies. Our mission is to enrich lives, build communities and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Always remember, we’re here for you!
Photos courtesy of City of Jacksonville photographer.