The tornadoes that ripped through Illinois and the Midwest yesterday (Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013) hit very close to home–about 30 miles West of us in Washington, Illinois. My thoughts and prayers are with those who lost their homes or their loved ones.
My husband and I hunkered down in our home Sunday morning after golf ball (see my hubby’s picture) and larger sized (the biggest we found was three inches) hail started hitting the roof of our one story home with big thuds–even donning bicycle helmuts as added protection. Happily no hail stones hit windows. Our phone and internet went out again early last evening, hence the reason why this post is publishing late. From what we can tell so far, our town just has downed power lines with power outages, downed trees, debris from wind blow outs, and such. We were lucky, very lucky.
The same cannot be said for those in Washington, Illinois:
We plan to donate funds to the Red Cross and to donate our blood as one way of helping those in need.
And listed below is Michaela Servetus’ post with links for other places to donate toward the Philippines relief efforts:
Keep safe everyone, hug each other a little tighter, and please keep those in the disaster areas in Illinois and in the Philippines in your thoughts and prayers.
Nov. 18, 2013–Update:
I found out this morning when I got to my office at the university, that one of our recent graduates narrowly escaped being a casualty when the tornado flattened his apartment building–and he was caught in his 3rd floor apartment when the tornado hit without warning. He ran to his bathroom and crouched down in the tub. The building collapsed around him and he “rode” down to the ground in the tub. He had to climb out from under debris with scrapes and bruises. But amazingly, he lived to tell the tale. He lost everything and our department is taking up a collection for him from all of us.
We’re glad that he is safe. But it really brings home the personal human cost of devastating weather storms like tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, etc. He has lost everything and is staying with another of our graduates in the area. But he is alive. Things are replaceable, people are not. Kudos to everyone from first responders to people who take others in or make donations to help those here and abroad who are suffering from loss.
P.S. And may I add that hiding in one’s tub may not be the safest choice–it just happened to work for him.
So go to Red Cross tornado preparedness sites to find out how you can try to be safe in a tornado emergency: