Hurricane Irma Palm Tree WindsOn the show this week, we chat with medical student Heather Langner who was moving into her apartment in the Caribbean at St. Maarten island where she attended medical school at the American University of the Caribbean. While getting settled with the help of her mother, Hurricane Irma came through and struck the Virgin Islands.

As the hurricane struck, the officials on the island put out a call for anyone with medical training such as EMTs, nurses, doctors and other health professionals. They set up areas for patient treatment even though they had very limited supplies from the medical school.

Winds from Hurricane Irma reached sustained levels of 180 miles per hour with gusts above 220. The eyewall of the storm passed over the school allowing a brief respite to evacuate partially collapsed buildings to the central school building in which most people sheltered.

After the storm passed, they opened up the doors and started taking in neighbors from nearby communities who needed treatment for mostly minor trauma injuries. Later they were evacuated back to the U.S. mainland by military transport planes.

Disaster Never Sleeps, Neither Do We

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