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Soldiers of Humanity – a snapshot of a hurricane response

The eighth named storm, third hurricane, and the first major hurricane of the extremely active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas at peak intensity. Harvey then stalled near the coastline of the state, dropping unprecedented amounts of rainfall over the Lone Star state. On August 28, it emerged back over the Gulf of Mexico, strengthening slightly before making a third and final landfall in Louisiana on August 29.

The Texas Department of Health and Human Services declared  Hurricane Harvey a public health emergency just as the storm made landfall for the second time.  Rescue efforts continued amid rising flood waters as hospitals, pharmacies, health clinics and other facilities were closed.

Volunteers and the American spirit prevailed as thousands were rescued, treated and evacuated.

As Harvey was about to make that second landfall, two men began a journey from opposite sides of the United States and were suddenly thrown together by an undeniable greater power as they landed together in a Walmart parking lot in the monster’s wake.

Three months later, the two were reunited for this exclusive look at the seemingly divine orchestration that brought them together in the midst of absolute chaos and how lives were touched and saved as far away as the Virgin Islands. 

This is their story.

This 1 hour and 47 minute film follows the journey of a small band of responders as they encounter insurmountable odds in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.  Throughout this recounting of their adventures, California EMT Jason “Sandman” Roy sits down with Tactical Operations Unit Commander Eddy Weiss to tell their story.

Throughout this film, the message becomes more powerful with each minute as the two responders challenge the viewer to look for opportunities in their own lives to change their world, to reach out to those in distress or less fortunate and, simply put, to become soldiers of humanity.

From the videos and images to the emotional connection between these two men, the content of this film will leave the audience in awe of the power of not only one of this nation’s largest storms, but the absolute capacity in each of us to change lives and become a part of something bigger than ourselves.

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