Taking time to think of Oklahoma

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Taking time to think of Oklahoma
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Tue, 05-21-2013 - 7:56am

I don't know if this is the right folder for this but I didn't want it to go unmentioned. I'm blown away by the pictures of the devastation.  I'm amazed that people were able to survive that.  Thoughts/prayers out to those affected and maybe we can all do something to help, in our own lives.  I can't get away from the hospital and the schools that were completely destroyed.  






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 8:35am

Agreed.  I haven't yet peeked at today's news but I'm sure it's worse than what I saw yesterday.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 10:15am

When you see that people have walked away from something like that, it's amazing. I'm so glad the news that I've seen so far has only shown good things (or as good as it could be), like kids being pulled out of that school.  I still don't understand how schools in tornado alley don't all have shelters.  






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 10:33am

DH and I were talking about that this morning.  The news mentioned how a 1998 tornado hit Moore in almost exactly the same pattern in this one.  As a parent, I'd be livid if the schools in OK didn't prioritize shelters.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 10:34am

DH and I were talking about that this morning.  The news mentioned how a 1998 tornado hit Moore in almost exactly the same pattern in this one.  As a parent, I'd be livid if the schools in OK didn't prioritize shelters.  

Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 11:02am

I am horrified at the news. I sat and watched it last night and kept thinking about those parents digging through that rubble looking for their children. Who can survive that??

We have a family friend from that area staying here and his wife was back home. She was safe in her storm shelter and their home didn't take damage but there were some tense moments as we waited it out to hear if she was okay.

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Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Tue, 05-21-2013 - 2:19pm

I was thinking that w/ the parents looking for their children. Even harder is being told to stay put and let the responders take care of it. I know it makes sense and is the best approach but if you know your child is there, I can't imagine having to watch.  I also wonder if all of the children have been claimed and how they're all being taken care of. There must be so many people w/out wallets, money, etc.

Good to hear your friends made it through. It's over quickly but I can't imagine how scary it is for those few minutes.






Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Wed, 05-22-2013 - 10:57am
I can't imagine the devastation that all of those families are going through. i saw an interview of a father and daughter who literally had 5 to 10 minutes to react to the warnings. They quickly went into the shelter that they had, and And that was, literally, a life and death split-second decision that they made. They are still in such a state of shock, that they can't even react, verbally, to questions that the broadcast for asking. And, to think, that the rest of their lives are severely impacted by where split-second decision. I can only hope that, once they are through that PTSD, that they are able to propel what happened to them into something positive Going forward. Still, I can't imagine the nightmares and life impact something like that would have on your inner being. It makes me feel blessed for the "small" problems that I have, Relative to what they are going through.