Tuesday, May 21, 2013

In A Blink.

Yesterday at about 4:30PM we had a bad thunderstorm. It was bad enough that the down drafts took down trees, power lines, & a few roofs. We lost power for 12 hours thanks to a neighbor's tree pulling down all the powerlines. I was put out. With two kids that have a condition that requires refrigerated medications, long power outages can threaten our stockpiles of medication with spoilage. I had also started to amass our summer hurricane season stockpile so I had to worry about that going bad as well. It was hot, humid, and boring. We sat around for a while either reading or playing board games, then we went to the store to cool off & get some emergency ice, then we came back and packed everything in the fridge in the chest freezer & piled the ice bags on top of it to keep it cool. Updates from the power company kept pushing the estimates for when the power company would have us back up and running back two hours at a time. Finally we gave up and opened the windows and tried to get to sleep. I texted in to work saying I'd have to take the next day off to remediate the power/medicine situation. Luckily they understood. As we tried to sleep in the dense humidity, I kept listening for the rumble of the power company trucks, hoping they would beat the latest estimated time given on their automated update site. Sometime in the early early morning the power finally blinked back on. We got back up out of bed and started removing all the refrigerated goods from the chest freezer back to the fridge. I knew I was going to have to clean out both the freezer and the fridge later that morning. I was tired, groggy, and was NOT happy, but living in Florida, I should have been used to it by now, right?
Then I saw this...

Oklahoma was ravaged. Schools and hospitals were leveled. Children, adults, the elderly... all killed. Whole neighborhoods were wiped clean. Gone. In a blink. The same blink that saw my power go out & make me uncomfortable took away loved ones from families. I felt like an ass. A BIG ass. I was bitching about being bored while first responders were pulling children from the rubble of the school pictured above. Our family still had a roof, food, windows, and a running vehicle while folks in Oklahoma lost everything they had, including their children! Sigh.... 

  • So what can we do? We can donate to the recovery & rescue efforts. Got a cell phone? Good! Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army. 
  • Also you can text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to them as well. 
  •  Feeding America is preparing to bring truckloads of food and water to the area to help care for the victims & rescue crews and you can donate to them here to help that way too. 
  • Text FOOD to 32333 to send $10 to the OK Foodbank so they can bring in food for victims.
  • OPERATION USA is going to Oklahoma to help aid health care centers & schools get back up and running & if you want to help them text 50555 to donate $10 to them.
  • Don't forget the furry victims!! Go to the Oklahoma Humane Society website here, and make a donation to okhumane.org! 
There will be a need for help for many months to come, so keep all those numbers handy. $10 goes a long way. It's our support of each other that makes this nation great! Let's help OKlahoma be OK again!

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