Hurricane Irma hits close to home for a Wisconsin snowbirdSubmitted: 09/13/2017
Phylicia Ashley
Phylicia Ashley

Hurricane Irma hits close to home for a Wisconsin snowbird
EAGLE RIVER - Hurricane Irma forced many people to leave their homes.

 It also stopped an Eagle River man from returning. 

Greg Schuenke helped after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and now deals with a natural disaster that hit close to home more than once. 

"I was praying about, I was worried about it," said Schuenke. 

Schuenke splits his time between his homes in Florida and Wisconsin. 

When the hurricane touched down in Florida he was in Eagle River, however his belongings down south were the least of his concerns.

"As I watched this hurricane gain an intensity I thought,' Lord if this hits Haiti it's going to kill'," Schuenke.

Schuenke is the President of a mission support group in Haiti, called Vision of Hope Haiti. 

Schuenke helped Haiti recover from the magnitude 7 Earthquake in 2010 and said its infrastructure wouldn't be able to handle another disaster. 

"They're living on the edge right now, life there is just so difficult," said Schuenke.

Friends boarded up and kept an eye out on Schuenke's Florida home while he was away.

 He kept tabs on everything and everyone through pictures and social media. 

"I went through a lot of uncertainty over the last four days," said Schuenke.

The eye of Hurricane Irma just missed Haiti and Schuenke's home in Fort Lauderdale was undamaged.

 However, that wasn't the case for the many people and cities around him. 

"Wondering why, why am I safe, why are so many people in harm's way," said Schuenke. 

Schunke plans to help where he can when he returns to Florida and hopes others will do the same. 

"The question I have to people is how are you going to face it when it comes to you? What is your strength?" Schuenke asked.

He won't be able to get back to Florida until November, but says he's ready to help both his homes.

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