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May 21, 2013

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Flannista

A link to an interactive map of the tornado's destruction:

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/05/20/us/oklahoma-tornado-map.html?hp&_r=0

Flannista

The helicopter footage of entire neighborhoods completely flattened is gut-wrenching:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/21/business/media/helicopter-brings-viewers-vivid-images-of-tornado.html?hp

Flannista

A devastating tornado touched down in Joplin, MO nearly two years ago to the day. The difference between that disaster and this one is that this one unfolded during the day and was captured by news helicopters on the scene in many cases before emergency personnel. We were all watching the immediate aftermath. We could not help but be shocked.

treesta

I just finished reading through this morning's updates. My thoughts can't help but go to the children and teachers in the two elementary schools destroyed by the tornado, even though I'm fully aware of the tragedy and grief all along the storm's path.

Flannista

Completely understandable, treesta.

treesta

Huffingtonpost ran this list of established non-profits that are providing relief in Moore, and how to help:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/20/how-to-help-oklahoma_n_3308962.html

PEACEsista

I just listened to a congressman who lives a block from the devastated area. When asked what people could do he said, "Pray. Pray and donate to disaster relief agencies such as the Red Cross. They are on the ground and they are helping,"

Matissta

Looking at the destruction makes me wonder, "Where do you begin?" And to think, many of town's population were living there when the tornado hit the town in 1999.

I also wonder how you can build a school or hospital without a shelter in that part of the country. Not blaming, just wondering about it all.

Flannista

If this doesn't bring a tear to your eye, I don't know what will:

http://news.sky.com/story/1093711/tornado-survivor-finds-dog-during-tv-interview

PEACEsista

"I thought God had answered one prayer ... but He answered both of them."

Thanks for sharing the link, Flann.

Flannista

You are very welcome, PEACEsista.

Yes, praying is one thing we can all do.

Matissta

That was so sweet. I would be the same way worried as to whether or not my pet made it through.

PEACEsista

The quote in my last comment wasn't intended as an appeal for prayer, though that works, too. I was quoting (from memory) what the woman said after she uncovered her dog.

Flannista

I know, PEACE. All I'm sayin' is that prayer never hurts.

PEACEsista

Yup, and prayer certainly sustained THAT woman ... and her little dog, too! There was NOTHING left of her house, but she and her dog made it through ... her prayers answered.

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