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.