This evening, I looked at pictures my friends posted on Facebook of the tornado that came through here last night. Yes, a tornado actually came through the mountainy area of PA that I live. Honestly, I never thought I would ever say to the children, “Let’s get down to the basement now.” However, that happened last night, and a tornado wrecked havoc on the area. Some people lost their homes, and there is damage all over the area. The school’s were delayed, and many people were without power. Our area was fine. We had to pick up some things last night, but it was nothing major. According to one of my exchange students friends, the tornado actually touched down on our street. It was a scary thought.
What scares me the most is how unprepared we are here. These kinds of things do not normally happen here, so many people do not know what to do. I grew up in the midwest. Tornado drills were a part of life. I spent time in our cellar numerous times waiting out tornado warnings. It was part of life there. Here, not so much.
So, now my children and exchange students know what to do in the event of a tornado warning. Last night we went to our basement, but I also went over the position you should be in as well as the best place to go in our basement, which is our coal cellar. However, I urge all of my readers to make sure that your children know what to do in emergency situations like this. Make a plan now, not when the emergency arises. My family was lucky, but now we will be prepared if and when we need to repeat this experience.
Also, my heart goes out to those affected by the tornado in Joplin. There are a number of ways you can help. You can also text “JOPLIN” to 80888 for an automatic $10 donation.