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Bob and Dina Anderson's Irma fund

$10,505 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 12 months
Created September 11, 2017
We all watched in awe as Hurricane Irma made landfall at 9:10 am Sunday morning on Cudjoe Key, the Florida Key that my parents Bob and Dina Anderson call their home.  Several years back they packed up their belongings from Michigan and headed down south.  They bought a double wide modular on Cudjoe Key in a senior community called "Venture Out", and venture out they did!  My mom has found her group and play Bingo, rides her tri-cycle around their small co-op, and host parties amongst their friends....my dad has joined forces with the local group of bluegrass players, found a new passion for deep sea fishing (on his little boat) and golfs with his buddies.  They have been in Colorado visiting me and their tickets "home" were slated for this upcoming Friday.  Now they have no "home" to go back to.  Insuring a double wide modular is tricky business as the cost to benefit ratio is prohibitive and the home depreciates (in the eye of the insurer) too rapidly to have much of an impact in the event of a loss.  Their home was paid for in full! My folks (Bob and Dina) are aged and beyond their working years.  Please help.  Any amount would help get this campaign moving.  The reality of what it would cost to rebuild their home is about $200,000.  We are shooting for $100,000 here.  When we are able to have access to Cudjoe, we will be sending a small group of our families "man-power" down to the Keys to remove the rubble and begin the rebuilding proccess. I will keep this site updated throughout the proccess.
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My family would like to thank ALL who donated to our campaign. Ultimately the funds were used for my dad to travel back and forth in the early days to assess damage and plan for repair. I know there were many people affected by the hurricanes during the fall of 2017! We are aware that there were people in worse shape. With this said, our grassroots efforts were not intended to supercede any "bigger" campaigns and were truly to help offset some minor financial crisis and help my parents get through the initial trauma. They were able to get a loan from FEMA for all of the major repairs. The repairs were greater than $30,000 and they have been slowly working on getting their home livable again. The community they live in is still in disrepair, but it is getting better everyday and they are an active part of the clean up process. My brother, Christopher (Dogger) Anderson has moved to the Keys and is working in construction as a part of the efforts to clean up the Keys. My sister and I both housed my parents from July through November and helped them navigate through their potential resources to regain footing. My cousin, Steve Anderson, travelled with my dad, as it was physically and emotionally too taxing for him to do this alone at his age, to schedule and plan for the rehabilitation of their home. We all pitched in; and the overwhelming support of our combined networking, together with the charitable financial donations of our communities (online and otherwise) has gotten them back to a place of solidity.
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My dad gets back to Washington D.C. tonight after his week long trip to Cudjoe Key in a camper to assess the situation. I will send an extensive update once I have spoken with dad about his trip. Thanks
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Dearest friends and families, Bob will be headed down to Venture Out on Friday. He will be renting a small camper from Ft. Lauderdale and driving down with provisions. His good friend Bernie and Bernie's brother are headed down as well so dad will have company. The past few days we have received so much more information as the management at Venture Out has arrived on site to assess the damage.
Electricity- Still no power. The current estimate on when power will be back up in the community is about two weeks. There has been extensive damage to the community "pedestals" and individual home wiring. Bringing electricity back on will require extreme care and skill. Each home needs professional inspection and this will be at the expense of the home owners.
Sewage-
No sewage at this time as the sewage system requires electricity. This is already causing a huge issue as you can imagine! Management is working on bringing in port-a- potties. There is already back up issues occurring here and throughout the keys. This issue alone can potentially cause hundreds of thousands in additional cost to clean up and repair.
Waste management- The trash and debris is so extensive in the Florida Keys and waste management has been out of service for weeks now. The community is filling up with piles of trash and it is unknown when the trash company will be heading to Venture out to pick up trash. Also, people are scavenging to find important missing items. Again each homeowner will be responsible for the expense of cleaning up trash on their property. FEMA will come and remove debris from common areas, but this will take months.
Propane- Amerigas will deliver propane today! So generators will be up and running soon.
Boat storage lots- Due to the fact that millions of dollars are tied up in people's boats; the community is asking that people LEAVE the boat storage alone. Gasoline has been thrown around all over the boat storage area and boats are blown over and heaped in a pile. They are working on an airlift system to try to salvage boats in the safest way possible. The people who live in this community are very eager to get to their boats (including my dad), as this is the main reason most folks choose to live here. Everyone must be very patient on this point, as the whole pile could go up in flames if not handles properly.
Finally-the lack of electricity and water/sewage combined with water in homes and the extreme heat and humidity is causing rot, and mold issues in homes. Electricity and mitigation teams will be essential for each home. We don't know when/if this will be available. Individuals will likely need to mitigate their own homes with equipment and labor they bring in themselves.
Please continue to share this campaign. We believe that a $30,000 goal is way undershooting the actual expenses, but we also know that the community at large is doing their own fundraising and we as a family will incur the rest of the expenses. Please continue to help in anyway possible!
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Up close and personal! Here is the first picture of my parent's house taken by a good friend who is in the Keys right now. I will paste the URL. From this picture it appears that the house is intact. Repairs will require foundational work, electrical repair, Plumbing repair. The porch was blown away. Many items that were in storage are strewn about the property and ruined. There will be a lot of hauling and clean up necessary. We are decreasing our goal again to $30,000. Please help us leap over the $10,000 mark today! Thank You all who have already shared this on your pages. Please continue to share, so we can reach our goal, get them repaired and back in their home. https://scontent.fapa1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21751547_1735303750097883_8889636426549328757_n.jpg?oh=b6a617f9d47db77d48790287a3659597&oe=5A60CD26
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$10,505 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 88 people in 12 months
Created September 11, 2017
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