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: