Irma has moved on after wreaking havoc on Florida and the Caribbean. We are grateful for all of the dedication and loyalty of our CBTFL family that helped re-open our bank immediately after the storm.
It will be several months before our communities get back to normal. Many of our citizens still need permanent power, construction materials and debris removal from their homes and businesses. Gasoline, ice, water and cash are several necessities that are always hard to find immediately following a storm.
Thanks to everyone who got prepared before Irma hit Florida. We had fewer serious problems than we could have experienced. We truly believe that the evacuation orders in coastal and low lying areas saved many lives.
We encourage all of our local residents and businesses to review their emergency plans and re-stock your hurricane supplies immediately. Our company believes in continuous improvement and we will gather post storm ideas learned during Hurricane Irma. We should also learn from our friends in Texas that recently survived Hurricane Harvey too. Congratulations on your preparation and do not let your guard down.