By now everyone knows about the devastation in Oklahoma from tornadoes. It is no surprise that tornadoes happen in Oklahoma but still tragic when one hits and kills people. This one seems worse than others because of the school damage. Parents aren’t supposed to bury their children. Tornadoes, of course, don’t care about that.
This is the time of year to pay attention to the weather. Southwest Georgia has had its share of rough weather. Fortunately in recent years we have not seen the loss of life that recently happened in Oklahoma. Any loss is terrible for the families and friends. The report that some actually drowned due to a broken water line adds to the horror of the event.
I remember stories from my childhood of the 1953 tornado that hit Columbus. My mother was pregnant at the time but apparently did not realize it (another story). She watched our garage literally lift off and fly into a neighbor’s yard moments after she brought the family bird dog inside from the garage. Any hesitation on saving Jerry, the dog, probably would have gotten us all killed. Years later one of my aunts was killed by a tornado near Birmingham, AL. Tornadoes are not to be trifled with. If you live in a place that is prone to experience tornadoes or other natural disasters, it would be wise to have a plan for action to survive it.
Personal resilience is critical in withstanding the outcome of any disaster. America has always been strong because its people have been resilient. Sometimes I worry that we are losing that toughness. I hope my fears are misplaced. If as a nation we ever lose the ability to come back after a hard hit, we will not last long. I think most of those people in Moore, OK, will come back. You don’t live out there and not be ready to recover from a disaster like this.
Resilience is important. As citizens we must be prepared to take care of ourselves. The government can help, but when a disaster comes the government often cannot stop it and cannot be on hand before our neighbors and we can take action. We must be prepared to take care of ourselves.