While folks were being assigned to rest in separate offices by household device for privateness motives, protection steps to secure against the coronavirus took a back seat to the current challenge of the hurricane.

“On the order of magnitude the hurricane presented, COVID was kind of an afterthought in everyone’s memory,” Corey Tarver mentioned.

Quite a few of the folks living at the dealership had managing water at property but were being unable to return without having ability for the reason that of the “unbearable heat,” Corey Tarver mentioned. Temperatures in the area in the current months have hit the upper 90s, with humidity degrees reaching extra than ninety p.c.

Don Bradley, the dealership’s creating maintenance administrator, has been living at the dealership because the evening of the hurricane, which tore shingles off his home, ripped out a fence, uprooted trees and broken his shop.

“Initially I was heading to keep in my property, but I’m glad I went to the dealership,” mentioned Bradley, who has spent his days cleansing up particles and evaluating destruction sustained at Lake Charles Toyota. The storm wrecked the assistance department cover and broken two exterior partitions of the dealership.

Justin Hill, head baseball coach at McNeese Point out College in Lake Charles and a longtime household friend of the Tarvers, stayed at the dealership with his son. He named it property — a area to try to eat, shower, relaxation and recharge as the community rebuilds.

“I’m thankful for Mr. Phillip to be equipped to offer you that useful resource,” mentioned Hill, who was equipped to move property Sept. 11. “It is extra than you could request for appropriate now.”

Phillip Tarver mentioned his key priority in the aftermath of the storm was supporting his one hundred fifty staff members and their households.

The dealership’s “refugee household,” as Corey Tarver explained the group living at the retail outlet, has been shrinking as people’s homes regain ability.

As of late very last 7 days, a few folks, which include Bradley, were being nonetheless staying at Lake Charles Toyota but had relocated to the RVs.