On September 10th, 2017 hurricane IRMA roared into Florida leaving chaos and destruction in her wake. Complicating matters was the fact the storm forecasts ranged from coast to coast requiring our staff to prepare for a worst case scenario, the unthinkable direct hit.
Our team and amazing volunteers somehow found the time to put aside their personal storm preparation and safety to get our barn and horses prepared for whatever was about to happen. There is no amount of gratitude that we can express to these remarkable people that cared just as much about our horses as their own personal safety.
Several of the staff took shelter in our Community Center and rode the storm out with the horses to make sure that they could respond quickly should anything unexpected happen.
We’re happy to report that thanks to their efforts our horses survived the storm in remarkably good condition.
While not a worst case scenario the property sustained significant damages and we’re in the process of repairing the many things that need fixing.
We understand that we come to our friends often and ask them to help us and our horses but we hope that they understand that this hurricane has placed significant burden on ERAF. We hope that our friends will find it in their hearts to once again help us in a time of need.