Joplin & Preparing for Natural Disasters

I’m sure you’ve read about, seen pictures or video footage, or simply heard about the tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri last night. What is up with all of these natural disasters happening? It is so freaky. Sometimes, I feel like we’re (enter your location here) next, you know? Every time I hear about a natural disaster like this, wether it’s a flood, tornado, earthquake or tsunami, I feel so sad for those people who are directly affected. I always do the $10 donation to Red Cross thing over my phone, and I just feel awful when I look at the pictures and try to imagine what they’re going through.

This time is a little different.

My mom and step dad live in Joplin. My brother also happens to be visiting them right now, too.

I don’t know why, but they got SO LUCKY. The tornado missed their house by a few hundred feet, or so I’m told. I haven’t been able to talk to anyone on the phone, just a few text message conversations saying they are safe, without power, and it’s raining really freakishly hard.

They are safe. Their house is fine.

I am just SO thankful and I don’t even understand why we are so blessed. The death toll keeps rising and apparently this tornado is turning out to be the deadliest one on record.

If you live in Joplin or around the area and know more details, please share. I know they are without power, so I’m not sure how the contact is going to go… if they can’t charge their cell phones, how can they be in touch with us? I don’t know. I have so many questions.

How do people get though natural disasters like this? What do you do about food, shelter…. everything. It’s just overwhelming and again, like always, I just feel SO INCREDIBLY BLESSED AND THANKFUL. It is over powering.

This is also really wanted to make sure my house and family is prepared for a natural disaster. I mean, what if?? I have two kids, I need to make sure they are safe. Water, food, shelter, gas in the car, charged cell phones, all of that.

Have you prepared for a natural disaster in your house? If so, what have you done?

Praying for and thinking of all the people in Joplin who are dealing with this and have lost their house, job, business or land and people who have lost a family member, friend or community member. My thoughts are with you all. Love & hugs.

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

9 thoughts on “Joplin & Preparing for Natural Disasters

  1. I am so glad they are safe! Some friends of mine had a similar experience in Tennessee just a few weeks ago. Their 5 year old is still having nightmares.

    They also said to predict a very bad hurricane season, too 😦

  2. I know they are already shooting out emails here in the Ft. Leonard Wood, MO area asking for donations (I've gotten a few already) and the “on call” unit for natural disasters here on post should be helping as well. I know generators were in the wishlist of an email I got today from a gal at church with friends there, so I think people will be able to contact their loved ones if they haven't already.

    We had a tornado come through on base on New Years Eve that left millions of dollars of damage, and wiped a neighborhood clean (luckily most people were travelling for the holidays), so it's super scary!

    I also went through a major earthquake in Japan growing up and my parents are still living there, so the recent quake was hard for me, knowing a lot of what they are going through first hand. Don't mean to ramble on with my life story here, but I just wanted to send a virtual hug out to you and let you know I know where you are coming from. Natural disasters definitely hit home when loved ones are involved, that's for sure.

  3. I'm so glad your family is safe. I was on Twitter when people were tweeting about the destruction, and I can't imagine. We were in SD a few years ago when a tornado struck, and it was the freakiest experience ever. We were safe but could hear the howl (shudder).

    We don't have much in the way of disasters where I am, just earthquakes that could possibly happen. Sadly, I'm probably not that prepared either.

  4. That is so horrible… I agree with you though, I also am always thinking, “are we next?” I am glad your family is safe.

    About the cell phones… they could always charge them in the car?? (well if they have a car charger, which I don't, since switching phones… but I think most people do, or at least they can buy one pretty cheap if needed).

    I am not sure how one would prepare for a natural disaster… sure we have a ton of food stocked up here, but wouldn't do us much good without electricity to cook it, or a freezer to keep it from spoiling. Maybe people should have lots of canned goods (and a non-electric can opener) and things they can eat that wouldn't spoil w/o electric.

    I hope nothing like this ever happens to any of us… But I agree that it is a good idea to have a plan, just in case!!

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