Kuna man helps Floridians prepare for Irma

Posted at 10:29 PM, Sep 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-09 00:29:52-04

A Kuna man unexpectedly found himself right in the path of Hurricane Irma.
But it turns out he was right where he needed to be.
In the frantic final hours before Hurricane Irma hit Florida, neighbors were helping neighbors, even neighbors from all the way across the country.

"I helped a neighbor load up their car with the generator and stuff, because they're going to other people's houses," says Kuna resident Jerry Berheim, "We're just trying to really help and provide need and services to those here, what I can. My first hurricane, so I've never had to board up a house before from Idaho!"
 Jerry Berheim just happens to be in Boca Raton, Florida for a nationwide conference.  But as a missionary, he knew he had to help out while everyone was preparing for the worst.

"There's a nervousness you can pick up on," says Berheim, "The folks I'm staying with, they're actually lifetime residents, I mean, they're in their mid- to late-80s. They've lived herE the whole time in Boca, and they said this is going to be one of the biggest ones they have ever encountered."
He says -- although thousands are evacuating -- those who are staying are banding together -- with many churches already setting up shelters.

"When you can love your neighbor as yourself, that's a biblical commandment, that we need to do -- and we need to reach out, not only when times are though. But when times are tough, that's when the need becomes real."
Berheim managed to get a flight out of florida to return to Idaho.