We have been watching the tragic devastation of hurricane Irma unfold this week and wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

You are part of the Heritage family and we want to hearĀ from you.

Please tell us how you are doing by commenting below.

Comments (99)

Mary Louise Millson - September 12, 2017

I and my family are well. No damage. Just very thankful.

Nigel Poulton - September 12, 2017

Doing fine in Riverview FL, minimal damage to our neighborhood, everyone safe, and the power is on. Thanks be to God in Christ

Jay Michlin - September 12, 2017

Thanks for asking, Ed. Living through a serious hurricane is definitely different from watching it from a distance via TV and media. The hardest part is the waiting. We’re fine, arguably better off than many who sustained damage to their homes and may still be without power. But perhaps the most profound lesson for me in this experience is the stellar performance of local, county, state, and even Federal governments. They did the right things at the right times, and they communicated as genuine leaders. I’m not used to such excellent government performance. In addition the local media were stellar, with the authoritative and useful information in timely fashion, all without hype or pandering. I’m told the national media did not live up to this standard.

Carole Anzivino - September 12, 2017

Thank you very much. We came through the storm wonderfully well.

James Sciullo - September 12, 2017

I am safe, the loss of electricity is massive and disrupts daily living, things will get back to normal next week. Thank you for caring about your members.

Robert F. Ravelo - September 12, 2017

Nothing was disturbed around the house, to include trees and never loss power. It was just like a normal rain storm the following morning! A miracle!!!

Mark Tsetsi - September 12, 2017

The impact of the hurricane was not like that of the recent event in Texas, still, it has left so many of us with a burden to bear. We did learn a lesson about preparation for such an event, and it probably will make us better prepared in the future.
Financially it was difficult, but not devastating for the majority of the people in Florida.

Pete McEntee - September 12, 2017

Amazingly, we came to a house that sustained no damage and no flooding! Just some debris in the yard and nothing more. We are so grateful!!

Thank you for asking about us!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Pete, glad to hear you guys received no damage to your home. Thanks for letting us know!

Wayne Eleazer - September 12, 2017

I currently am at my brother’s home in Augusta GA. I understand that my place in Merritt Island has lost the patio cover/porch and has extensive damage to the fences. Roof damage I do not know about. Right now it has neither electric power nor running water. I do not plan to return until the power and water are back on, and according to reports that probably will be this weekend at earliest.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Wayne, I’m sorry to hear about the damage to your home. Praying the roof damage is minimal and that the water and electricity will be turned back on as soon as possible. I wish you all the best as you travel back soon.

B Wozniak - September 12, 2017

Thank you for the thoughts and prayers. The Lord has covered us and we are doing fine. We did have electricity and cell phone service which was a blessing. Just a small amount of debri to clean up.

John Gregory - September 12, 2017

Thank you for your kind words and sentiments.
My wife and I are doing great. We got through the storm with just a few roof shingles missing. Our power is back on and we are cleaning up along with our neighbors.
Looking forward to the Sentinel Summit later this week! See you there!!

Michael Higdon - September 12, 2017

Welll & safe..w/o power, home , lost several roof tiles, blew down fence but call all be replaced. Clearwater Beach Condos, very concerned to learn only one foot surge,no damage, here now with power! God is Good

Judy Calhoun - September 12, 2017

We are fine. We had decided to stay. Had storm shutters on, plenty of provisions and a generator. We lost power around noon Sunday and is still off. Only lost a bunch of screens in our lanai. Many prayed and God heard from heaven. “And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. (Mark 4:39, NASB) He was merciful to us! Thanks be to God!

Charles Masalin - September 12, 2017

Thank you for your concern. Irma changed course and we in SC were spared. We were blessed.

IlA V. Locklear - September 12, 2017

We done well during the storm. Power was only out for a day. Things will settle down soon as people come back in which thankfully they are starting to do. Thank you for your concernā¤??

Len Young - September 12, 2017

We have food, water and electricity. Almost no property damage. Extremely grateful!!! Deo Gratias.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Len, thanks for letting me know how you guys are doing! Glad to hear you fared so well.

Margot Watson - September 12, 2017

Thanks for your concern. Our biggest problem was power outage. I had a forced evacuation so went to a Hilton hotel. They treated us so good. Their power went out also but they managed to feed us after the hurricane hit and they didn’t even charge us because they knew they couldn’t serve the type of meal as usual.

Jonathan Gertz - September 12, 2017

We were blessed with no wind or water damaged, which proves prayer works!

Phil Davis - September 12, 2017

Cheryl and I are doing fine, power is back on and no property damage. Flood waters came into our yard but never made it to the house and has since backed off. Children and grandchildren are all fine as well. We are forever thankful to God.

Evelyn H Brown - September 12, 2017

Thank you for your concern. We had power restored after 12 hours and cable today. We were happy to take in a couple of family members who were evacuated. Fallen limbs, etc will be taken care of with help from our “yard man”. God is Good!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Evelyn, glad to hear you guys received power back that quickly and that you are able to host some family who were evacuated. Hoping their homes are okay as well.

John Spang - September 12, 2017

Travelled to Ocala from Fr. Myers to avoid brunt of storm. At this point no damage noted in either but both areas are still without power. Feeling blessed to have avoided major damage. My heart goes out to those less fortunate than us.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

John, thank you for letting us know how you are doing and I’m glad to hear you missed the brunt of the storm.

Carl & Crystal - September 12, 2017

Thank you for asking. We are in MO right now, but our son was at the house. Minimal damage to inside of house due to water and shingles missing. We have some interesting looking trees! We are thanking God that our son and all our other family members were safe.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Carl&Crystal, thankful to hear you are all safe with minimal damage. Praying the clean up process goes quickly for you!

Stephen Sherer - September 12, 2017

Thank you for your kind words of support. We have been very fortunate in that our family (two adult children and five grandchildren) are all safe. Some small issues with debris. Never lost power or internet. Our neighbors were all out helping to clear the mess. Thankfully the storm lost strength enroute to Orlando.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Stephen, glad to hear you guys missed the worst of the storm! I’m encouraged by all the stories like yours of neighbors coming together to help each other out during this time.

Rick Hartley - September 12, 2017

Thank you for thinking of us. I’ve lived in Jacksonville all my life. I’ve never heard such howling winds as Sunday night! We have trees down in the yard. No power since Sunday evening. My wife has cancer. We were fortunate to have found a hotel where she. An be comfortable.

It is so uplifting to see neighbors work together to clear roads and help each other.

Most everyone has a good attitude. God has blessed us.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Rick, thank you for letting me know how you are doing. I’m sorry to hear you guys are still without power but thankful you have found a hotel to stay in.

I’ve had the opportunity to see people helping each other out after Harvey hit Texas and it is very uplifting to see people coming together like that.

Praying for your power to come back quickly and for your wife as she battles cancer. God bless.

Ray Butts - September 12, 2017

Thank you for asking and your prayers! My family and I have been greatly blessed by the One who is the Shepherd of His children. Oldest daughter and husband in Orlando area safe and sound; likewise for 2 daughters, their husbands and myself in the Jacksonville area who were without power for varying hours Monday, while the 4th daughter here, and her husband remain without power. The good thing is they are only 15 to 30 minute from rest of Jacksonville area family for support. We offer our prayers for the less fortunate for not only Florida and the islands but those of Texas and Louisiana as well as plus those affected by the remnants of both devastating storms. But, GOD is Good!


Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Ray, I’m glad to hear you and your family are all doing well after the storm. Thanks for letting me know. Praying you guys can rebuild quickly and that the power comes back on for your youngest daughter and her family.

Judith Welker - September 12, 2017

Thank you for the considerate thoughts. My husband Steve and I are well. We are still without power (since 7:30 am Sunday) here in Broward County, Fl.. We have a generator up and running for refrigeration, fans, & lighting. We are sharing power cords to 2 neighbors with small children. Storm damage is limited to downed trees in our yard…thankfully! We have wonderful neighbors and we all look out for each other. Our sons, one in Melbourne, Fl. and one in Palm Coast, Fl., are also doing well.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Judith, thanks for letting me know how you guys are doing. Sorry to hear you are still without power but thankful you have a generator to help out. Praying the power comes back on soon.

Samuel W. Baugh - September 12, 2017

I am out of the country at the moment. All of the Florida and Georgia family came through without any physical damage. Thanks for asking.

Caren Ragan - September 12, 2017

Thanks for asking I live 3 blocks from the beach in Fort Lauderdale and consider myself very blessed right now. No water in my home no damage to the home just no electricity and a lot of down trees and broken branches. Everyone is helping each other out here and making the best of a bad situation. I have friends in the Keys who I still haven’t heard from that has been my only concern right now. Thanks for the prayers.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Caren, of course! Thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Glad to hear you didn’t have any home damage and thankful to hear how your community is coming together to help each other out.

Royal A. Brown III - September 12, 2017

Doing OK – some roof, tree and fence damage and loss of power for 3 days but could always have been worse. Neighbors all came out to help each other – 1 even helped me get my generator running right by taking apart and cleaning carburetor; something I would never have been able to do myself. Appreciate your concern in asking. Disappointed that HA Conference cancelled but understand – hope it will be rescheduled.

Bob Walter - September 12, 2017

We are in Colorado, returning to Cape Coral this Saturday. Reports are that our home survived Irma unscathed and the power was back on today.
Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. We have been blessed again.
Thanks again for all that Heritage does, invaluable resource!

Ada Gauthier - September 13, 2017

Thank you for your prayers. My family and I came through without too much damage. We lost trees, but our power was not. God kept us safe. So, you see, prayer works. Thank you.

SAM - September 13, 2017

Mr. Feulner,

Our family has fared well not withstanding being out of electric power at our home until late Tuesday night. However, our business is still without power. Generators make a big difference though.

We spent the week leading up to the hurricane preparing our property by trimming trees, clearing all debris and boarding up our house. This allowed us to get through a brush with the leeward side of the eye wall of Irma with no damage.

We are fortunate to own heavy equipment which allowed us to help clear streets of fallen trees and help our neighbors remove trees from on top of their house. We have an elderly widow next door who has not seen the massive tree which fell onto her carport. My neighbor and I are planning how to take care of this for her.

Some close family friends took shelter with us during the storm because they were afraid to stay in their condo. This was the real bright spot for us. Helping our friends has drawn us closer.

We have cleared away most of the debris and now that we finally have power back, the only remnants of Irma for us are long lines at gas stations. Just north of Tampa, thankfully, it’s not that bad. The kids have missed a couple of days of homeschooling but, their not complaining.

It’s time for us to get back to capitalist endeavors! Back to work!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Sam, thanks for letting me know how you guys are doing! Glad to hear that you guys were prepared and missed the worst of the storm.

You guys are a great example of neighbors helping each other out. Praying for your safety as you continue to help your neighbors clean up the damage from the storm. It is amazing how helping people out can draw you closer together.

I wish you guys all the best.

Ben Koether - September 13, 2017

Everyone is safe. House and property only minor damage, nothing to fret over. Lost power for only 24 hours. Water level did rise to scary height, but our preparations worked well for us. Others not so lucky. Now it is yard duty.

Kathryn Dadukian - September 13, 2017

God seemed to have angels protecting our neighborhood. Large limbs down in back of homes, but no damage to homes. Never lost electricity, cell service or cable. Water good. Roads servicable. Praise the Lord. Thank you for your prayers.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Kathryn, it seems like your neighborhood was definitely protected from the storm. Thankful to hear there was no major damage to homes and you still have water and cell service.

D Suzuki - September 13, 2017

We are all safe and well. Small roof damage, lost trees. Power, water, internet running regularly. Cleaning will take days. Minor problems compared to what many people suffered. God is Good! Pray for fast recover from Irma, and peace for the one who lost what cannot be recovered.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

D, glad to hear you guys are safe! Will continue to pray for fast recovery as you guys rebuild from the damage.

jerry riseley - September 13, 2017

soing ok after ILrma

Jerry Riseley

Carol A Manning - September 13, 2017


Thanks for reaching out. We have no power very spotty cell service. Fortunately no storm surge damage. Over 200 trees down in our community in Naples. Have no idea when I can return. FPL announced service will be restored in SW Florida by 9/22. Fortunately I’m able to stay with friends and family in Sarasota which sustained very little damage. God bless all the people and small businesses effected by this natural disaster.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Carol, thank you for letting me know how you are doing. I’m sorry to hear you can’t return home for that long but thankful you have a place to stay until then. Praying you can get resettled as quickly as possible.

Barbara Sbrogna - September 13, 2017

This communication is one of the many reasons we support Heritage. Thank you so much for your recognition.

We are about ten miles in from Daytona Beach & were expecting the worst but ended up VERY fortunate. A small amount of damage and minion inconveniences. So blessed compared to others.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Barabara, I really appreciate that. I’m very thankful to hear that you guys missed the worst of the storm. Praying you guys can get any damage cleaned up quickly and get back to normal life.

V Parvis - September 13, 2017

We are all OK. We had lots of tree debris, one fence panel damaged; power loss for 46 hours. Thankfully, two neighbors with generators supplied me with morning coffee and ice.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

V, thanks for letting me know. Glad to hear the damage wasn’t worse and that your neighbors had generators–that morning coffee is critical. I pray the rebuilding process goes smoothly for you guys.

John F Hageman - September 13, 2017

We are all safe in our condo in Pelican Bay. Lots of damage, but all is good. God is great!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

John, I’m glad to hear you guys are doing well–even with the damage. Wishing you guys well as you start the rebuilding process.

Barbara Anderson - September 13, 2017

We are okay here. Lots of tree damage, but no damage to the home or neighborhood. The power was off for about 28 hrs. We experience Hurricane Charley in 2004 so were well prepared for the worst and are thanking God that we had been spared the worst.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Barbara, thanks for letting me know how you are doing. Sorry to hear about the tree damage but thankful that your home didn’t receive any damage.

Douglas R. Caton - September 13, 2017

Ft. Myers continued. No power, house was not damaged, much debris to clean up and some tree removal. God answered our prayers. Many others were not as fortunate especially in Collier County.

Pete Gandy - September 13, 2017

Ed, thank you for your concern and kind words. My wife and I reside just east of Pensacola and are doing well. We were fortunate to be on the weak side of Hurricane Irma.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Pete, I’m glad to hear you guys missed the worst of the storm.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Pete, thankful to hear you guys missed the worst of Irma.

Rosecleia - September 13, 2017

Thanks for your concern. My daughter had to evacuate from her place in Fort Lauderdale. She is doing fine now. I am temporarily out of Florida for the time being. GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Rosecleia, thank you for your response and I’m glad to hear that your daughter is doing fine after the evacuation. Safe travels on your trip back to Flordia.

Susan Hooper - September 13, 2017

The people in the City of Eustis are wonderful. Most of us lost power but everyone chipped in and helped their neighbors clean up their yards. The chain saws were buzzing. No serious damage to the homes in my neighborhood. The power was restored last night. We are blessed!

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Susan, I’m encouraged to hear that everyone in your town chipped in to help each other clean up their yards…seeing people come together and help each other out like that is definitely the silver lining after natural disasters like Irma. Glad to hear the power is back on and I wish you all the best as you continue to clean up the damage.

George beck - September 13, 2017

Thank you for your prayers. We spend our summers in cape cod. Our home in ocean ridge, Florida had minor storm damage

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

George, thanks for letting me know how you guys are doing. I’m glad to hear you only received minor damage at your home in Florida.

Paul Dunn - September 13, 2017

Safe here in our home in Dunnellon, FL. No power yet, but no home damage.
Thanks for your concern.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Paul, sorry to hear you guys are still without power but thankful that your home wasn’t damaged. Praying the power comes back on soon!

Linda - September 13, 2017

Thank you for caring and contacting us.
We were blessed with no structural or water damage, and continual power. Yard cleanup is done and we are truly thankful.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Linda, thank you for letting us know how you are doing. Thankful to hear you guys missed the worst of the storm and have already cleaned up the yard.

Betty Steele - September 13, 2017

Thank you Steven, we fared a lot better than expected. Lost a few trees and limbs, threw spoiled food out, but best of all we survived another storm alive and no
Injuries. Thanks to God for watching for a lot of people in the path of the storm.

Robert Guzauskas - September 13, 2017

I’m AOK. Power was on through most of the storm. I have a very adequate hurricane larder: about 10 – 14 days worth of bottled water and canned food.

Lisa Wahba - September 13, 2017

Thank God we only had a slight roof leak that has been fixed already. Nothing else!

Billy Volner - September 13, 2017

We didn’t have any wind damage other than tree limbs from 8 big oak trees. Waiting for county to pick up a partial of these limbs so we can add more. We now own water front property with 4ft of water covering my lower 5 acres. My home borders this water proplem.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 13, 2017

Billy, thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Glad to hear you didn’t have any serious damage from the wind and that the limbs are getting taken care of.

David L Kramer Sr - September 13, 2017

Made it through without any serious problems, thanks.

Don Sauer - September 13, 2017

travelled 250 miles north from Estero to Ocala. Storm was not as intense as at home. onretrn we found only debris and a couple of trees causing problems. All else is aok. Power and telco no problem. Most thanks for your interest. Don Sauer

Paul Deering - September 14, 2017

Our Power is now back. Helping others in area clean up. Offering some assistance to those still without power via hot showers, charge up cell phones (Most providers are up & running in our area), Log in to internet for mail, etc, Ice.
Expect to be back on weekly calls by Monday 9-18-17.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 14, 2017

Paul, I’m glad to hear you guys have power again and that you are able to help others out who are still without.

Mila Ignatz - September 14, 2017

Thank you so much for your prayers and concern. Everything is okay. There was no damage. However there is a lot of cleaning up in the yard.

Author Steven Lawrence - September 14, 2017

Mila, thanks for letting us know how you are doing. Glad to hear there was no damage and hope the clean up process goes quickly!

SHARON SMITH - September 14, 2017

We are both okay but tired. Not a lot of damage; however we’re still without power. The heat is exhausting. 88-yr-old disabled veteran husband is having a hard time with getting things back in order. We’re very thankful for sparing us the damage others have experienced.

Paul Lee - September 14, 2017

Thanks Ed and Co. We dodged a bullet!
No damage other than a few trees down.

Reba Elliott - September 14, 2017

We’re very blessed to be just fine. Lost power 2-3 AM Mon but had generator to power frig, freezer, some lights. Power restored Tues. All is well – thank the Lord!

James Dress - September 14, 2017

Thanks for checking on us. We came thru the storm with minor damage.

Thomas Jones - September 14, 2017

thank you for the concern. Our property and adjacent properties in the gated community came through is good shape. We were n Vermont.during the storm.

William Parkhurst - September 15, 2017

People animals buildings survived. A dozen or more trees decided to lay down. Only two took out fences. Power outage to continue for an indefinite period. Pto generator is working. We know what we’ll be doing for several weeks. Thanks for reaching out.

Carole Klimmek - September 15, 2017

Just saw your considerate email. In the Spring of this year we relocated from Southern California to Spring TX in Harris County, just north of Houston proper. Absolutely untouched by the storm except mooshie yard.. For some reason, we did not have even one branch in our fenced backyard with trees between us and the lake. Thank you God. God help the others to recover and let us know where we can be useful as very blessed, aging adults. Good drainage. Plenty of food, water, electric, air conditioning, and sleep. Just before the storm we installed 20KW auxiliary generator that runs on natural gas hook up and kicks on by itself. The storm only offered our community a 20-minute power outage and 2 “flickers” of the lights. Can you believe this? We even had our Comcast Infinity cable 24 hours a day. “Luxury” and quite lovely to safely experience with my husband Dennis. We live only 3 miles from my daughter and we dared not go outside. Would have been nice to have had a drone to go scouting between the heavy rainfall episodes. The news says that we got 29+ inches of rain. Plenty of rain. We have a pretty good size subdivision manmade “lake” out back of our new-to-us home built in 2004. It seems the water drains from one pond or small lake to the next to a large holding area underground (I think), and then must run to an outlet. I read about it online in Houston Department of__?__ before buying the house. Then the underground storage may drain someplace. Harris County also has made water holding areas underground for water collection in places like center medians. I believe its made so the water can be absorbed more slowly and maybe even evaporate. The website tells about it. Fascinating. Article also said that the public demands better drainage after a storm, money is appropriated, and then after emotions die down, and money is needed elsewhere, those in power re-appropriate the money. The founder of Houston is also mentioned on the website. Note that he chose to build on a swamp–and people gathered. The man must have offered some pulled pork, beef brisket, cowboy boots, and a rodeo to keep the folks comin’ back. This Harris County is huge. We were all concerned and forewarned, but not damaged in much of Harris County, as I drive around now and can see the mud/water lines on the trees. God bless all those who were affected in any way.
Can anyone believe all the rescue and help that came our way, as seen on TV. Amazing. Many thanks. I really loved that in Texas, the authorities who report conditions also have a chaplain speak along with every other official of the community.

Dr Jessie Hummel - September 15, 2017

Thank you
Irma was determined wider than our state of Florida. My home was spared damage structurally. No water for two days and power waited till the end of the 5 day to return. The out pouring of the neighborhood was astounding I am and will always be in their debt.

Herbert J Sugden Jr - September 15, 2017

We came though just fine. Thanks for being with us in spirit.
Herb Sugden

Richard Monsen - September 16, 2017

Minimal damage and power loss for a few days. Our hurricane protection did the job.

Jim Wright - September 16, 2017

God has blessed and protected me and my property except for a few limbs on some trees. Was without power for four days but now back to normal. It’s a shame we take for granted many things until they are taken from us.. I pray for all those who have lost so much..

Nicole Bishop - September 16, 2017

We feel so blessed. No damage except for loss of screens on the cage above the pool. We never lost electricity,even during the storm or after. We all feel that it was an answer to prayers from so many family members and friends here in the states and in Canada where I am from. Thank you so much for your caring for all of us.

Glennie R Lawson - September 16, 2017

My wife, 90 year old sister-Ruby Jones from Immokalee, Florida & I, one son and his wife, children, grandchildren and his friend and one grandson & his wife went to my twin sister’s in Thomasville, Georgia to hide from Irma and encountered Tropical winds 39 to 60 mph and a tornado that took down 2 trees. We just got back home, here in Ft. Myers, Florida. My house had minor damage, My Son, Grandson & their families experienced flooded homes that destryed the furniture, etc. My 90 year old sister’s House in Immokalee got Destroyed plus 4 ft of water. Her place is devastated. She only has her 2 birds, important papers and 3 changes of clothes. The roof and a good sized portion of the front wall was blown off. It is not repairable.
So! To answer your question, we are deeply heart-broken, sad, depressed, and drained our bank accounts.
Thank you for your concern and prayers. Your prayers are certainly appreciated. May God Bless everyone at Heritage and there families.

William Snedden - September 28, 2017

We were lucky again! No injuries or deaths.

Tons of debris but it’s nearly all cleaend up now. County projects 2 months to pick-up the trash!!

Cheers to all that made it thru IRMA

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