Vail Daily letter: Alabama disaster victims need help
May 3, 2011
My sister Ann called me on Wednesday morning. We talk every day.
“What are you doing?” she asked.
“Not much, just waiting for this weather to turn to spring,” I complained.
“Well, I am in the closet and we have a tornado warning so I can’t talk long,” she said.
We hung up, and I wasn’t too concerned. Born and raised in Alabama, I am used to hearing about tornado warnings. But last week’s twisters were something no one has ever experienced. The killer twisters raced through the state like a house on fire, leaving death, injuries and total devastation.
My hometown of Huntsville in Madison County was spared compared to Tuscaloosa, three hours southwest of Huntsville. I called my sister later in the day on a land line to learn they were OK; no family members hurt or property damage. They were lucky, however. Nine people are dead in Madison County, 82 are injured and there is countless property damage.
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As of today, April 30, they are without electricity cannot pump gasoline, are conserving water and food, and are finally reading about the damage in other parts of the state and the South. They have a dawn to dusk curfew and are using barbecue grills to cook their food that has not been spoiled. My sister Ann says it’s like living in a war zone. My elderly mother says this storm is something she has never witnessed in her lifetime.
“Maybe it will make people more neighborly – all this damage and devastation,” she said.
As a Vail resident of 30 years, I am asking our community to be neighborly to my home state of Alabama. It needs your help! Please donate to the American Red Cross by calling 800-733-2767 or by email at http://www.redcross.org. Thank you.