Posted by: baworldtraveler | April 28, 2011

Monster Tornado System Leaves a Path of Death and Destruction across the South. Reach Out to Help.

Apparently April is the month with the most tornadoes. In a flash, a super tornado system destroyed homes, businesses, and towns across 5 Southern U.S. states, leaving over 300 dead, of those about 195 in Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama was particularly devastated by the storm. This storm, which began yesterday, was tracked for 347 miles and wiped some towns off the map. Damage sustained in some places suggest winds of 110-120 mph and one news report was speculating winds that exceeded 200mph. One man, interviewed on the news, had sat in his tub to wait out the storm and was tossed in it to the other side of the room by the storm. They say it was an EF5 – the strongest force tornado. Although EF5s do not happen as often, they are the ones that are most deadly.

Click on the MSNBC URL below to see Andrea Mitchell’s report on the storm.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

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See nearly 8 minutes of video of the Tuscaloosa twister as it was captured by someone driving in a car as it approached.
Source: YouTube video was posted by jason835a.

What would you do if you looked out the window and saw a monster tornado (or any tornado) heading your way? Would you know what to do? Would you know the safest place to be? Would you know how quickly to act? Even worse – what would you do if you survived a killer tornado only to find your house, your neighbors’ houses, and the infrastructure of your town destroyed?

Let’s just think about that for a moment. You may or may not have any identification (driver’s license, passport), your checkbook ATM card, your credit cards. You no longer have all the documents you need to keep on file – mortgage information, tax returns, health information. You have no home, no clothes, no food, no medicine, probably no car. You have been wiped out , are probably under-insured, and have little cash on hand. You might not have any friends and family that are in a position to help you….. and now that you have nothing, you have to start all over again and build a new life. Where do you start? How do you begin?

It is hard to imagine how people who lose everything in a flash, especially due to natural disasters, are able to cope with the stress, uncertainty and shock of it all. They are likely going to be dependent on services and support provided by the generosity of strangers for clothing, food, and shelter – basic needs. When you hear about people facing such insurmountable challenges, whether the people are in your home town, another state, region or country, stop and think about what you can do to help them, AND TAKE ACTION in whatever way you can…. and remember, long after the news stops reporting on the destruction, help from all of us will still be needed.

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