Today, we awoke to brisk winds and the occasional sprinkle of rain. With campus already prepared for Irma's visit, our students were able to take part in a morning exercise on our dining hall deck. Meanwhile, at the Cape Eleuthera Institute (CEI), our interns and gap students gathered their belongings and made the trek over to the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) building where they will be staying until further notice. One floor below their bunks, in our recycling bay, our chickens are getting cozy in their own temporary homes.
The rest of our morning was filled time for reflection and time for relaxation! Each advisory gathered and, post-chat, enjoyed all kinds of activities from playing card games, to opening fresh coconuts, to having ice-cold Gatorade (a rare treat!). We then divided lunch prep duties amongst various members of the community - a hearty meal of sandwiches and salad. We're lucky to have access to a fully-stocked kitchen and walk-in fridge.
Students will spend this afternoon in their newly selected research groups (inside, of course), while the rest of campus hunkers down in their respective shelters to wait out the weather. So far, some strong winds and light rain is the most we've seen. We will continue to post updates throughout the storm. Should anyone have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our staff up in Boston through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 866-730-6624. Thanks to everyone who has continued to reach out to us. Check back soon for updates!