This past week, our great state was hit yet again with a deadly tornado outbreak. In a continuing effort to help raise money for those struck by this devastating event, I ran across something unusual, that I thought I would pass along.
There is a group that has started the Alabama Disaster Relief Blogging Program. Their mission is to raise awareness through internet blogging, and therefore raising money for the victims of these storms. A noble idea whose time has come. I wanted to do my part.
The National Weather Service issued this statement about the storms of January 23rd, 2012.
"Several damage surveys were completed today in the wake of a tornado
outbreak in Arkansas, Mississippi and Alabama last night. Most of the
damage surveyed so far has been rated EF-2 on the Enhanced Fujita scale,
indicating considerable damage with wind speeds reaching between 111
and 135 mph. However, the tornado that passed through Clay, Alabama,
which is just north of Birmingham has been rated an EF-3. This tornado
produced significant damage and was capable of wind speeds between 136
and 165 mph. National Weather Service officials will continue to
conduct damage surveys throughout the affected region tomorrow. This
wintertime outbreak shows it is important to be prepared for tornado
safety at all times of the year".
The families effected by these storms have had their lives changed
forever. Some of them lost loved ones, many lost their homes, or parts
of their homes. Some even lost everything they owned.
coming home from work, to find the neighborhood you live in completely
destroyed. It's difficult to really imagine, but if you have the time,
you can go volunteer, and see for yourself, what effects these storms
have on peoples lives.
Having lived in a small town that was devastated by a powerful tornado, I thought it important to get the word out as quickly as possible. You see, the town in which I live is Enterprise, Alabama. Just a few short years ago, we lost eight kids, and one elderly citizen when two tornadoes joined together, and slammed into our local high school. You can imagine the panic, then the shock, and ultimately, the realization that our children had lost their lives.
There were to be stories relayed in the next few days of heroism. In one case, a young man threw his body over a his fellow student, a young lady to protect her. She lived. He did not.
The pain and suffering that comes with these disasters, can only be helped by loving kindness, and volunteers. Enterprise seen many, in it's time of need, let's do our part today, to help those in North Alabama, who need us now, more than ever.