2018 Hurricane Florence (On assignment for Mercury One)

Hurricane Florence was a powerful and long-lived Cape Verde hurricane that caused catastrophic damage in the Carolinas in September 2018, primarily as a result of freshwater flooding due to torrential rain. Florence hit North and South Carolina on Sept. 14, 2018, bringing high winds, flooding and devastating damage.

Florence has been linked to at least 32 deaths and has left more than 1.1million homes and businesses without power.

I left for this assignment and arrived ahead of the Hurricane. My mission was to document the organizations that Mercury One supports. What I loved about this assignment was I was able to cover the whole thing! From the storm hitting the Carolinas and working with the Cajun Navy performing search and rescues, to Operation BBQ Relief preparing hot meals, feeding First Responders and those in need while picking up their lives from the disaster. And finally Team Rubicon who goes in and helps clear and rebuild the community.

Mercury One is one of the organization I found that has brought purpose back to my life after the military! This organization is dedicated to providing love and aid to those in need to help restore the human spirit around the world.

They offer aid to those in the path of disaster, and they support initiatives to end domestic abuse, sex slavery, and human trafficking. Also, they fund veteran initiatives and focus on rescuing, restoring, and rebuilding the lives of Christians and other persecuted religious minorities in the Middle East.

Members of the Cajun Navy help the Pembroke fire department perform search and recovery operations in Pembroke, NC on September 15, 2018 for Hurricane Florence. The Cajun Navy is a volunteer groups comprising private boat owners who assist in search and rescue efforts. Their mission is to help the people who can't get help, not only in the wake of disaster, but in everyday life.

Members of the Cajun Navy help the Raft Swamp Fire Department in Lumberton, NC on September 17, 2018 for Hurricane Florence.