Sunday, October 16, 2022

Hurricane Ian Victims Warehoused in Cold HERTZ Ice Hockey Arena

Nearly three weeks after Hurricane Ian hit Fort Myers, the HERTZ ARENA ice hockey venue is the temporary home to displaced victims of Hurricane Ian.  It is cold and the storm victims are being neglected.  

Some of our local, state and federal officials may have delusions of adequacy. 

These storm victims are being held at a cold ice hockey arena, neglected by our governments and nonprofits.  

FDR, quoting Dante, said, "Governments can err, Presidents do make mistakes, but the immortal Dante tells us that divine justice weighs the sins of the cold-blooded and the sins of the warm-hearted in different scales. Better the occasional faults of a Government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a Government frozen in the ice of its own indifference."

  • Seems to me like local, state and federal officials are "frozen in the ice of their own indifference," cooping up storm victims in a cold ice hockey arena. 
  • Seems to me like temporary housing should have been provided long ago in response to a Category 4 Hurricane that landed September 28, 2022. 

Governor DeSANTIS is doing what, exactly?

From Ft. Myers News-Press;

Some in Hertz Arena shelter don't know what's next, share stories of bitter cold, chaos inside

Mauricio La Plante
Fort Myers News-Press
Hundreds of people using the Hertz Arena in Estero, Fla., as shelter are sleeping in the Florida Everblades hockey rink on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022.

Water seeped through boards covering melting ice below.

As families tried to rest on cots cramped together in the Hertz Arena mega shelter Thursday, people coughed. 

Once it gets late, the entertainment venue and hockey arena turned hurricane shelter is ice cold. 

The floor is so cold that kids put water bottles on it to cool them, said one family displaced from their home in Lee County.

"At night they completely turn the temperature all the way down and so the moisture that you see underneath each bed turns into a sheet of ice," said Brittany Allen, 35, a mother of seven living in the rink with her family who had resided in North Fort Myers before Hurricane Ian hit on Sept. 28.

The Hertz Arena can be seen from the Miromar Outlets in Estero, Fla. following Hurricane Ian on Oct. 5, 2022. The arena is currently serving as a makeshift shelter for those affected by the hurricane.

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Allen's family lost their home after the door blew open and water flooded the inside. 

As the cold comes in the hockey arena, the coughing starts, Allen said. Some of her kids developed coughs amid the temperature drops. 

Oftentimes, the water on the ground freezes overnight and Allen's family must peel the blankets from the ice. 

Lori Arnold, a national spokesperson for the American Red Cross, which runs the shelter said about 420 people sought refuge Thursday night at the Hertz Arena.

Those inside were clustered on top of boards over the ice where the Everblades usually play or were in the walkways with pets circling the arena. 

People living in the shelter have little access to donations of clothing, fresh food and toiletries, said some of the displaced residents inside.

Many don't know what's next.

Hotels and Airbnbs are booked to capacity, and displaced residents who lost their homes have not been told of any place to go.

Ed'Kezia McCarter, who lost her home in Fort Myers, said the Red Cross was not checking in on people and had no guidance on returning to their homes or finding where to go after staying in Hertz Arena.

She said no one was receiving answers on specific necessities.

"We're not getting the answers that we actually need, like they're not trying to understand us." 

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