Of all the hazards we face in this area of the country, the hazard I personally fear the most is a tornado. There are number of reasons why this hazard is at the the top of my list, but the primary reason is that a tornado can pick up and toss around houses, cars, and livestock like toys and propel items through the air with a power that can drive shredded metal or wood right through a person’s body. That is enough for me. Tornadoes are frightening and tremendously dangerous.
The tornado outbreaks of this past Sunday and Monday were relentless. The photos and video footage coming out of Moore, Oklahoma have been heartbreaking. Many folks were injured, a number of souls were lost, and a large portion of the town was decimated. It is hard to see that level of devastation without feeling sick to your stomach. When I see scenes like that I realize that but for the grace of God that could be our community.
Tonight I pray for those who lost loved ones, those who have been injured, and those who will have to rebuild their lives from the rubble. And I know I am not alone in my prayers - many are sending their prayers to Oklahoma. Many hearts ache for those who are suffering.
Let us all take a moment this evening to look at the friends and family in our lives and be thankful for the time we have had with them. We never know when that time will be up. Disasters happen all the time and people perish in them. Yesterday, it was Moore, Oklahoma, tomorrow it could be another community. Take the time to prepare yourself and your family for the hazards that could affect your area – do what you can now to help hedge your bets for survival (see ready.gov). Because let’s face it – when it comes to disasters it is not a question of “if”, but is instead a question of “when”.
Day one thousand four hundred and thirteen of the new forty – obla di obla da