Have you ever been overwhelmed by a natural disaster? How did you keep going? What gave you hope?
After 4 days without lights for the second time we found our strength and resolve strengthened. But we didn't have to battle to get to a job. We didn't come home and find out everything was gone except what we were wearing on our backs. Our faith got us through the cold weather and water destruction done by Irene. But she also prepared us for Sandy & being in the darkness. But how did/have others who may have done without so much more find a center and maintain themselves and their families. What can we do to help one another?
I personally haven't been through something like that but all I would say to survivors and those struggling is that a natural disaster is temporary and things are just things. You can rebuild your life, start over again, and still find peace and happiness. For those who've lost family in a natural disaster, I would remind them that their family members wouldn't want them to give up just because they lost their lives; I certainly wouldn't. It's tough and heartbreaking, no doubt about that, but you can and should do whatever's necessary to keep going.
We had a tornado back in 2004, I think it was. I lived in an apartment and it got hit a little but nothing bad. The park across the street was gone and my son's school got hit. Thank God the kids had already left for the day. However, he did have to finish his year off and attend the middle school for the remainder of the year and the following year. A lot of houses and store shops in town were hit. It was devastating to see. President Obama wasn't the president at the time but he came to assess the damage and brought hope with him. Now there are only few reminders that a tornado ever hit. However, whenever the sirens go off, I am frantic, especially if my son is out with friends. My son and I helped our neighbors clean debris out of their yards. We donated food to the food pantry to help the victims who lost their homes. We listened to their accounts of what happened and I think it helped them to talk about it after the initial shock.
I must say sexyladydee, I and my loved ones have been blessed. We have never had to deal with a natural disaster. I really, really feel for all whose lives have been devastated by any natural disaster, and especially more than one time. Some of you may or may not believe in prayer, but I do pray for those that have suffered from natural disasters.
Yes we were in Andrew, in 1992. I had a two stry house when the storm hit and a one floof house when it left.
God knows how much you can bear. I will never go through another if I can help it.
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I'm in central NJ so I definitely felt the impact of Sandy. My house is still standing and in tact, and fortunately we didn't lose any trees but we were without power for 6 very cold days. We finally got our electricity back yesterday afternoon. I've never been so happy to have heat. I can't thank the electric crews enough for coming in from all over the country to help.
It's still so weird driving around though because there's this sense of quietness and somberness that seems to have fallen over the township. There are still plenty of trees and signs that are strewn about and many grocery stores still have limited supplies of things. I think it will take a while to really feel like things have gotten back to normal.
Still, I'm happy to have my house and I truly can't imagine the devastation of those who lost everything.
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