I know exactly where I was when word of the storm hit. Frustrated grumbles, debates, and even shouts filled the hospital waiting area. Stressed employees didn’t try to hide their disdain for a new day with old problems. Earlier, my father-in-law was rushed to this hospital. The prognosis, a tumor on the front, left region of his brain. We family members huddled on hard plastic chairs in a cloud of cloying smells, frazzled nerves, and fears from the unknown.
While we waited in helpless limbo, reports came in from Oklahoma.
Only a couple of hours earlier, an historical monster tornado tore through Moore, decimating rows of homes, schools, and a hospital. Later, we learned how hard the fatalities would impact our family, as my niece lost her sister-in-law, when the twister plowed through her home.
Those of us on the sidelines wondered, what would I do? How would I survive?
It made me stop and think about many such disasters in recent history. Tsunamis, earthquakes, hurricanes, volcanoes, forest fires, tropical storms, floods, droughts, and even terrorist attack have stopped many of us in our tracks, and rerouted our focus unexpectedly.
Again I wondered, what would I do if I found myself in any of those emergency situations?
This post is in honor of those suddenly swept into the arms of eternity. Dedicated to loved ones left to question why. And for we whose hearts are twisted like debris and rubble, intertwined with those who grieve.
May we learn from this unimaginable event, and prepare before the next trial strikes. Whether delivered from tragedy, through tragedy, or by tragedy, we can count on one thing. God. He always delivers.
On Storm Warnings, my latest Pinterest board, I share several natural disaster checklists, protection ideas, and other pieces of information meant to help those in crisis, and to prevent what we can. From easy, make-it-at-home inventions, NOAA guidelines, FEMA points, and advice from those who’ve been through crisis, I hope the information helps. If one more person has water or food when thrust into the gaping mouth of tragedy, then the time and energy spent to create this board was worthwhile.
None of us knows what tomorrow will bring. Practical natural disaster checklists are just one way we can do our part to serve friends and family when tough times hit. Even in the throes of crisis, it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Do you have a survival list, preparedness kit, or other disaster plan in place in case of an emergency situation?
Anita Fresh Faith
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, national speaker, and author of, First Hired, Last Fired — Biblical Secrets to Make You Irreplaceable on the Job.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, a client of WordServe Literary Group, and the Simply Sue Speaks booking agency. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries.
Anita’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith. Anita lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.