It's been a while since we have discussed natural disasters. This past week our town was hit by a series of tornadoes in Nashville. While it was less than 2 miles a way, we were fortunate to not sustain any damage. Our community, however, was not so lucky. The week has been hectic. My wife has been out in the damaged areas helping clean up debris and organizing information for housing, FEMA, and other resources. She is one of hundreds helping out and I am always impressed in our ability as a people to pull together and help each other.
First off if you need resources I find that WXNA FM, a local radio station, has a great site with information here.
I feel fortunate. I went back and counted the number of natural disasters I have been through and this last one makes 5. I have experienced:
- The Nashville tornado in 1998, leaving school just as it whizzed by the park across the street.
- Hurricane Elvis in Memphis in 2003. I was on call that night but we lost power for a week and had some mild debris to clean.
- The 2010 flood in Nashville. Again, I personally did not take any damage but friends and colleagues did.
- Hurricane Isaac in New Orleans in 2012. Again we lost power for a week but otherwise personally came out okay.
- The Tubb's Fire in Santa Rosa, CA in 2017. This was a direct hit and one we did not expect. Earthquakes sure, but a wild fire! This was a real shock to the system and you can read more about it here. We lost everything physical in an instant and a sense of security for a few more years. Luckily we did not loose our lives, and now I have a stronger appreciation for life.
- And now, the 2020 Nashville tornadoes.
Tornadoes and warning
These were the deadliest tornadoes in 7 years taking 24 lives so far. Once again, I slept through it much like the wildfire, only hearing about it in the morning. The Tornado Warning and Watch notifications popped up on my phones screen but I did not receive a audio warning. My wife received no warning. We also did not hear the city run sirens that should have warned us. Needless to say, I now own a weather radio that should notify us if a disaster is coming through again. We are lucky. Some individuals who heard the warnings ran to cover and that likely saved their lives.
I am writing this post to provide some of the information I had written about after the Tubb's Fire. Mainly, if you should sign up for FEMA support and what you need to know about home insurance. Many people will be dealing with insurance adjusters. While these posts are not all inclusive and were written for a total loss incurred in a fire, I hope that they are of some help.
You can also click on the Tubb's Fire category below to see my posts on how loosing everything led to my appreciation for minimalism and how these losses can take an emotional toll on people.
So here are the three pertinent posts:
Once again if you need resources I find that WXNA FM, a local radio station, has a great site with information here.
Finally…a shout out to my old online blogging community and EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
There are many things that make a community. Often we think of our family, neighborhood, or schools as those communities. In the era of the internet, online communities are also very real. Over the last few years I have talked to many great bloggers and made some wonderful relationships. While I have not physically met any of them, I do consider them friends.
When the fires hit, they did what they do best. They got together and began writing and sharing to spread the importance of emergency preparedness. Here are some of the articles they have written thus far:
- Anchor: DadsDollarsDebt – Tubb’s Fire – A Sudden Evacuation
- Anchor Two: Chief Mom Officer – Going Beyond The Emergency Fund-A Harrowing Escape Inspires The Personal Finance Community
- 1: OthalaFehu – Cool As A Cucumber
- 2: The Retirement Manifesto – Am I A Prepper?
- 3: Mrs. Retire to Roots – In Case Of Emergency Follow The Plan
- 4: The Lady In Black – Emergency Preparedness
- 5: The Green Swan – Preparing For The Worst
- 6: Minafi – Minimal Hurricane Preparation
- 7: A Gai Shan Life – Earthquake and disaster preparedness
- 8: The Financial Journeyman – Emergency Preparation: Be Proactive
- 9: John And Jane Doe – Thinking the Worst: Emergency Planning or Fighting the Last War?
- 10: Adventure Rich – Emergency Preparation Up North
- 11: Money Beagle – How Much Would You Replace If You Lost Everything?
- 12: Crispy Doc – Fighting Fire With FI/RE
- 13: She Picks Up Pennies – How Can A Planner Be Unprepared?
- 14: Chronicles Of A Father-Getting Ready for a Natural Disaster
- 15: Rogue Dad MD- Disrupting the Equilibrium
- 16: Unique Gifter-10 Ways To Help Disaster Victims
- 17: SomeRandomGuyOnline-Friday Blog Roundup – Emergency Preparedness Edition
- 18: 99 to 1 Percent: 15 Frugal Ways To Prepare For An Emergency
- 19: I Dream Of FIRE – Your house is burning and you can only save 10 things – what do you choose?
- 20: Full Time Finance – Emergency Preparedness in Place
- 21: Thinking of some day – Are you prepared for when an emergency occurs?
- 22: My Money Wizard –Are you mentally (and Financially) prepared to loose everything?
- 23: Wealth Rehab – Start building your emergency fund today, you will thank me later.
- 24: Military Dollar – Emergency Preparedness for Natural, Man-Made, and Twitter Disasters.
I am Eiman Jahangir and I am a dad, husband, and cardiologist. I grew up in the South, trained in the Northeast, moved out West, and now am happily back home in the South. My wife and I have seen our fair share of ups and downs, from the pain of dealing with infertility and losing everything in a matter of hours in the Tubb’s Wildfire, to the joys of having our son and finally finding a medical practice that is right for me. It hasn’t always been easy, but I am grateful and continue to move forward in positive steps.
I write to help people looking to improve their lives. I have written my thoughts and experiences on a wide arrange of topics from parenting to finances to mindfulness. While some of my posts are more useful for doctors and other high earners, most are for everyone.