, 2022-10-16 21:07:58,
Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida on Sept. 28 and, less than one week later, seasoned Knox News photojournalist Saul Young went to document the aftermath − to share the stories of those who survived and paint a picture of the heartbreaking devastation.
Young left for Florida Oct. 3 and made the voyage home nine days later, stopping in Atlanta to rest and for a phone interview about his experience.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
How many natural disasters have you covered in the past?
Young: In recent memory, this would be my third one. The first one was about a week after the tornadoes leveled Mayfield, Kentucky, and that was … last December. And then I was in Eastern Kentucky about a week after the flooding of the small communities in that area. I did cover some of the aftermath of the Gatlinburg fires, but not as directly as I have these two disasters and, now, Hurricane Ian in Florida.
How did you prepare before going to Florida?
Young: The USA TODAY Network gave us a list and they basically told us, “Prepare to go into a place that has no electricity, no infrastructure, no access to internet.” So in order to prepare, it basically means wherever we’re going down there, we’ll be camping, and we’ll have to have everything with us including gasoline, food, supplies, clothing and all the things that go into living on your own with no help whatsoever.
What did you pack for the assignment? What did you wear?
Young: I expected to arrive in standing…
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