|In light of the severe weather that has hit the midwest and southeastern portions of our country, and just a reminder of perspective.|
I grew up practicing for tornadoes and earthquakes. I remember green skies, the eerily calm atmosphere right before a big storm, hail, and flooding. But I have always been incredibly blessed in that my family has never been directly affected by a storm. Even about a year ago when a tornado ripped through the area just north of where I grew up, and tore apart part of our airport, the same terminal I fly in and out of more than a few times a year, we were untouched.
My family has remained relatively unscathed, mostly just hail damage to our cars and a flooded basement here
or there. And like I said, we have always been very blessed.
Others, not so far from where I grew up, went through hell this week.
Some of these photos look like they came straight from Twister. 30+ people lost their lives and thousands more lost everything in storms that occurred before Tornado season has even officially started. I overheard a meteorologist on CNN saying that this is just a warning, a preview if you will, of what is to come this season.
I live in Florida, where we all know that hurricanes are as imminent as rain, but even if you do not live in Florida, there is still reason to be prepared.
Take the time now to get with your families and loved ones and come up with an Emergency plan. Here is a link to FEMA's website with tons of details on how to prepare you and your family for a natural disaster. Go ahead and purchase a weather radio, make sure you have a meeting place and an emergency kit ready. We all joke about the end of the world, but it is probably not a zombie apocalypse or a nuclear disaster we have to be wary of these days. It's mother nature herself.
My prayers go out to all of those affected by the tornadoes and severe weather this past week. Let us all just take a moment to remember and think of their families, and those who lost everything. It could be you or me next, and being prepared can make the difference between life and death.