Writing about Hurricane Maria is still painful. This catastrophic event marked our lives in a hard way. The challenge experienced reminds us about the need to “expect the unexpected” as part as our Disasters’ plan. The hardship lived at the Caribbean Primate Center (CPRC) was way beyond our expectations. The uncertainty experienced the day after the hurricane of not knowing the status of the staff, the security guards, or the 1,700 monkeys in the island of Cayo Santiago (CS) and the 3,000 in Sabana Seca (SS), was calamitous.
Not being able to communicate further aggravated the situation. Very soon we faced the reality that not only was the infrastructure of our facilities severely affected, but the essence of all the staff at all levels was pushed to boundaries that no one should experience.
But Maria also allow us to see beyond our comfort zones. Seeing part of the staff trying to bring back the zincs on top of the corrals when they had lost everything at their homes, cutting trees, passing through the flood, and jumping fences was amazing.