Here at Live Algoma we look at wellness and well-being through different dimensional lenses. The Live Algoma “dimensions” I wanted to focus on include Physical well-being. In this dimension we include exercise, nutrition and physical safety. Often we don’t “see” some of the elements that make our safety possible. What happens when the crisis is bigger than our local first responders? We rely on our larger “community” to help us through difficult times.
Just after midnight on June 23 a fire broke out in the Algoma Marina. Five recreational fishing charter boats, a third of the Kinn Fishing fleet, were lost or damaged. Not a single life was lost. Our City of Algoma Fire Department, the U.S. Coast Guard, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Kewaunee County Sheriff and Public Health Departments all responded and worked cooperatively to keep us safe. The fires were managed and the loss was limited. No human loss, no fuel reaching Lake Michigan, no gulls or ducks had to be washed, no swimmers gulped in any volatile organic compounds or had itchy, burning skin rashes. Looking through our Physical dimension, our community worked hard to keep us all well.
There are other dimensions of well-being we could focus on related to this event. The Financial well-being of the Kinn Fleet Captains and Crews and other businesses associated with recreational charter fishing in Algoma. There has been an outpouring of community support to help salvage the fishing season.
Live Algoma is focused on community health and would like to extend our support to those affected by the fire. You are encouraged to contact Live Algoma at firstname.lastname@example.org or (920) 497-7001 ext. 4001 to help connect you with community resources to work on a particular dimension of wellness and well-being.Other dimensions of Wellness and Well-being may take longer to bring back to balance. A trauma like a fire can bring about emotional disturbances. The Emotional dimension may take some time to get back in balance. Likewise, the Spiritual dimension of wellness may need some attention as well. We hope that all affected are taking care of themselves and/or getting the help they need to weather this event.