Much of our nation has been devastated by tornadoes during the Spring of 2011 season. I think that most of us would agree that the worst tornado tragedy of 2011 is Joplin, Missouri. The survivors are still reeling by the death toll and the total destruction of their properties. Many victims were left with nothing but the clothes that they were wearing. My heart goes out to each and every one of them.
A couple of weeks ago, our family was visiting with my aunt who is a VERY wise lady. She has lived in Wichita County for all buy one of her 89 years on this world of ours. She told us that she is very concerned that major tornado/tornadoes will strike Western Kansas this year. In the past several years, we have been very fortunate. We all need to do whatever we can to make sure that we are as prepared as we can possibly be just in case. Families and businesses should be practicing tornado drills so that, just in case the worst happens, everyone will have a good idea of what they need to do to get to shelter as quickly as humanly possible. If you do not own a basement or cellar, find a neighbor or close friend who would welcome giving you and yours shelter. If you do not have access to nearby shelter, make sure that you know where public shelters are. In Leoti, the museum and the courthouse both have large basements and have made them available to any and all of us.
We really need to be praying for the people of Joplin who have lost so very many people and property. Now, today, I ask for all of you to pray for people in Central Kansas. They are under advisement of severe weather and probable tornado/tornadoes. The scale runs from 1-10. Any counties that have scores from 8 on up, are in great danger of having tornadoes. People in Central Kansas are listed in the 9 point range which means that they have a 90% chance of having tornadoes in their area. That is extremely high and terrifying.
One of my friends who lives there, has sent me this website for people to view 35 pictures of the destruction left behind in Joplin. Once you look at these pictures, you will see just what all people in Tornado Alley dread every year...