My journey creating GreenShoot began in the weeks following Hurricane Irma.
On September 6, 2017, Irma, the largest recorded Atlantic hurricane, with sustained winds in excess of 185 MPH, tore through the British Virgin Islands causing catastrophic damage. My wife, Diandra, and I survived in our bathtub with a mattress over our heads in our house on Tortola. After a second round of surviving for a week in the apocalyptic aftermath, we were evacuated by the US State Department to Puerto Rico (which was subsequently hit by Hurricane Maria, another massive storm.)
We had just gotten married in June and were excited about our life in beautiful Cane Garden Bay. Irma shattered our dream (or maybe just temporarily put it on hold). Leaving our friends and home was the most difficult decision either of us has ever made—particularly knowing the pain and annihilation that we were leaving behind and that still exists today, over a year later.
I created GreenShoot to help those that we left behind, and others affected by disaster. GreenShoot's vision is to close the disaster protection gap by empowering people and organizations with the information needed to make the best-informed decisions within the narrowest time frame possible after a natural disaster.
Thank you for your support!
Survivor, '17 Hurricane Irma (BVI) & '89 Loma Prieta Earthquake (SF)
Quote Source: Hartz, M. (2017, Sep. 8) “Why We Need A Different Approach To Hurricanes Harvey And Irma”, Forbes. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/