While Hurricane Irma continued its wrath upon the state of Florida, Kristina Barneski hunkered down inside her Daytona Beach home. Kristina, who is reportedly disabled, felt particularly helpless as the monster storm blew through her community at night.
3,000 miles away, Hannah Brown started receiving terrifying text messages from Kristina, her old hometown friend. Since Hannah lives in California, she felt helpless, too.
Kristina’s messages were dire. She told Hannah her apartment was being flooded with dangerously high waters, and she was trapped.
Hannah scrambled to think of solutions, like getting to a higher apartment with her neighbors or breaking down the door with an axe. But because of the water, it was impossible for Kristina to leave her apartment.
So, Hannah tried to calm Kristina down. But instead of leaving her friend behind, she began feverishly sending Facebook messages and tweets to find someone who could help, moving through her social media contacts as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, Kristina was posting on Facebook Live with her own pleas for help.
It was certainly a long shot since the two friends were thousands of miles apart. But then something amazing took place, and it’s the type of humanity we need to see during emergencies like this.
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