May 20th, 2013 will be remembered by many of us for quite some time. Even though our neighborhood did not take a direct tornado hit, we were in the debris field and had building materials scattered over our streets, yards and roofs. If you haven’t already checked, be sure to clean out your gutters. We found a photo of a young boy with a cowboy hat in one of our gutters.
Our neighborhood was quite fortunate compared to those who use to live 1 mile away. Everyone likely knows someone who experienced some type of loss: a home, business or loved one. After surviving this kind of traumatic event, you can expect to be in shock, feel dazed, have difficulty focusing & making decisions, feel distracted, irritable, very tired and unueasy with approaching storms. Please seek counseling if you are having trouble functioning.
I certainly appreciated getting to know my neighbors better after the tornado. There seemed to be a need to talk with each other and share what we were doing or where we were when the destructive monster approached. Anytime is a good time to visit with your neighbors.
If you haven’t considered it before, you might want to research the installation of an above or below ground shelter.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have an overwhelming recovery process ahead of them.