|Mile wide tornado that traveled through the middle of Alabama.|
|Rental house we considered.|
|Grocery store with no roof.|
|Downed power and phone lines everywhere.|
|CERT Team helping out at a friend's house.|
also prepares you to help anyone in a tragedy.
|Downed power and phone lines.|
|Causes of Power Outages|
food. If it is more than 40 degrees F, then you
need to throw it out. Worst case, remember the
old adage: "When in doubt, throw it out." This
link is to a pdf with more information about what
to do in case of a power outage.
|Fire pits are handy!|
|Boiling water on a grill.|
|3 days drinking water storage for one person.|
smart because she filled up plastic trash bags with
water outside and left them sitting in the sun to warm.
Then they had warm water to bathe in. Just make sure
that you have bags that are not pesticide treated.
|Cell phone tower hit by a tornado.|
I learned that my neighbor's phone was still out and even their cell phones had been unusable at first. For a phone outage, cell phones tend to be very handy. However, even cell phone towers go down. If you can let family members know you are okay, that is good. Otherwise, just focus on taking care of your family and neighbors until you can. Do your best not to leave them hanging. Friends and family will worry about you. But remember, this is not your first priority. Your first priority is to make sure you and everyone around you are okay.
fun activities. At first, I was shocked that they
could open back up so quickly again, but as I t
hought about it, I realized they were attempting to
bring back some semblance of normalcy to these
children. Many had been displaced and many were
suffering loss that will take a long time for them
to feel peace and safety again. Opening up the
schools to these children was a good thing. It also
gave parents the time they needed to begin sifting
through the remains of their homes or help their
The thing my neighbor was most thankful for was God. She was grateful how He had protected her family in so many ways. Her daughter's workplace was completely gone except for her desk which a coworker hid under as the tornado passed through. She happened to be gone that day helping her father with doctor appointments. Her grandson had been sent home early from school because of a power outage. Their house had been missed completely. Neighbors were seen out of their houses everywhere helping each other and talking to each other. Churches were serving meals throughout the day and providing clothes and other items that people lost. One of the churches even had showers for those who were unable to shower in their homes. Families opened their doors to displaced family members. And considering the severity and number of tornadoes that passed through Alabama that day, very few lost their lives. Sometimes it takes a tragedy and loss of things like power to get us out of our houses and helping others. It helps us to count our blessings and to be grateful for all that we have. Some were angry with God, but most people there were just grateful for the goodness of God. They were grateful for the knowledge they had been prepared with and for the help that came in to bless them in their time of need. It was amazing talking to her and hearing her sweet testimony of the goodness of God.
As I have talked to each of my friends and have read their posts on Facebook, I have seen their good hearts and their willingness to help wherever is needed. They have opened up their homes to friends and family. They have spent countless hours helping with cleanup, preparing food, and delivering donations of items. They are amazing people in Alabama. They have good and giving hearts and are people that I am so grateful to God that He allowed me to know them even though it was for a short period of time. I wish I could be there working side by side with them. But for now, I hope that my blog will help someone out there start their journey of preparing their ark for any tragedies they may encounter in their future or perhaps just work to make their present just a little bit better by bringing safety and peace into their lives by being prepared for anything that might come along.