USF Art Professor Bradlee Shanks Rides Out Hurricane Michael in a House He Built
Monday, October 15, 2018
Bradlee Shanks, USF professor in printmaking and drawing, hunkered down in his hurricane-resistant
house off the coast of the Florida panhandle as Hurricane Michael passed over the
area last week.
Despite the power of the category 4 storm, Shanks' reinforced Dog Island home held strong.
He constructed the home himself in 2003 with special structural considerations to withstand forces of nature.
Shanks' story received national and local media attention in the days following the storm.
It is documented in an article in the USA Today Network and a phone interview with
Brian Williams of MSNBC.
While Shanks' house was fortunate to have withstood the hurricane, other homes on the island, largely vacation homes, received catastrophic damage.
MSNBC: Dog Island resident: I don't regret my decision to stay during Hurricane Michael
Tallahassee Democrat (USA Today Network): The Dog Island holdout: USF prof's 'Cat-5'
house stands strong against Hurricane Michael
Northwest Florida Daily News: Dog Island resident assesses damage after Hurricane Michael
Apalachicola Times: Dog Island resident stays behind as Michael nears