Hurricane Charley

Fall 2004 CSANews Issue 52  |  Posted date : May 15, 2007.Back to list

The physical damage caused by Hurricane Charley is easy to see. Just look at these images. Soon enough, though, the debris will be removed, houses will be re-built, and life will go back to normal.

Or will it?

The emotional damage caused by this disaster will take much longer to repair. There are many broken-hearted people out there, and they have lost not only their homes and possessions, but also part of their souls. Some of these people include our CSANews readers. Many cannot even imagine what they will find when they finally reach their winter homes. To add to the already mounting tension, seasonal home owners are now being denied financial aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

In the immediate aftermath of Charley, the CSA recommended that members stay put, as the high level of devastation in certain areas of Florida created serious health and safety concerns. By the time this article reaches its readers, however, power will be restored, phones will be operating, and snowbird homeowners will have a partial understanding of the damage to their homes. Medipac International has attempted to ease policy holders' anxiety toward the unknown by hiring photography teams to take photos of damaged properties. Christopher Bradbury, Vice President of Medipac International Communications, says, "We have opted to perform this service for our policy holders so that they will have a preliminary understanding of what they will be faced with when they head south later this year."

You can find some of these pictures here on this page. Of course, there are countless other snowbird properties that have been devastated by Charley. And only time will tell the severity of the damage.

In the meantime, we at the CSANews team are sending our thoughts and prayers, in the sincere hope that we will all work together to restore the snowbird lifestyle to those who have been affected by this storm.