Hurricane Irma In the aftermath of last fall’s hurricanes, a UP tribe stepped up for its Caribbean employees By Stateside Staff • Mar 1, 2018 Courtesy of Vernita Joseph Listen Listening... / 6:00 Stateside's conversation with Shelly Hazen, a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, and Vernita Joseph, who came from US Virgin Islands to the Upper Peninsula after the hurricanes. First came Hurricane Irma, smashing through the Caribbean last Sept. 6. Ten days later, there was even more devastation from Hurricane Maria. Lives were lost, and the damage to homes and businesses was immense. Michigan National Guardsmen heading to Florida by plane and by bus By Steve Carmody & The Associated Press • Sep 11, 2017 steve carmody / Michigan Radio A thousand Michigan National Guardsmen are headed south to assist with hurricane recovery in Florida. How To Help As Florida Is Dealt 'Catastrophic' Blow From Irma Hurricane Irma's punishing winds and life-threatening storm surge have already left an imprint, and there is more catastrophic damage expected to come as Irma takes a projected path up Florida's west coast. More than 1,000 Michigan National Guard members heading to Florida By The Associated Press • Sep 10, 2017 Michigan National Guard The Michigan Army National Guard is sending more than 1,000 soldiers to the South to help people affected by Hurricane Irma.