FIRST PERSON | GARLAND, Texas –It must be spring as the shelter underneath my staircase is rather uncomfortable. There are four tornado watches right now as the storms have come out of nowhere.
Here’s the question: Have you ever wondered what a Californian must think of tornadoes? I rather prefer earthquakes vs. tornadoes, as there is no anticipation about an earthquake. It just happens versus hours upon hours of waiting for an event that may or may not occur.
Tornadoes have struck several communities across the Dallas area, and there is no sign of rest for at least another hour or so. News programs are streaming live online video and local news stations are broadcasting the patterns of the storms.
Here in Garland, I can hear the tornado horns blow outside. All this hype is rather exciting yet nerve racking at the same time. I’m also hearing all types of warnings — ranging from not driving on the road to taking shelter — to reports here and there about people who see the tornadoes.
My heart goes out to those who have gone through a tornado yet at the same time I am reminded about the guy who went fishing and caught a huge fish yet somehow it got away or they never took a picture.
With today’s technology I can appreciate the live coverage but it seems like a bunch of noise and reports as they fail to indicate as to where and/or how big or what people like me sitting in shelters should do.
I am streaming live video from Weather.com, which is very cool. My telephone keeps ringing from the City of Garland to tell me to take cover. Yet, I sit here in my shelter not knowing what to do.
I guess being prepared is better than doing nothing at all yet somehow with all the technology that is available in today’s world that there would be a better way of broadcasting news as well as preparing people for the worse. At least in California we had earthquake preparedness programs in our schools where we practiced what if earthquake scenarios. But what about tornado preparedness? Is there such a thing? How does a person prepare for a tornado as I sit here in my shelter expecting the worse as my phone continues to ring off the hook telling me what I know already, which is a tornado is due.
Just a few things to make you think about what happens when tornadoes strike from a person who is from earthquake land.
All I can do is I think of my wife and family as they are not next to me but I have faith all will be well. My prayer is for those who have suffered lost, as well as those we might find out later have had a tornado strike.
I think I rather have earthquakes than tornadoes as this event today makes me think how everything has come to a grinding halt across the City of Dallas as it is definitely the spring as I am not sure what to do.
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