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April 27 2011, Tuscaloosa Alabama was hit by three tornadoes in a thirty six hour period, the last an F5 a mile and a half wide. Three of the fire stations, with the trucks, rescue equipment and emergency supplies were destroyed. The people of Tuscaloosa didn't sit in the rubble waiting for "somebody" to do something. They dug out their claw hammers, tire irons, lawn rakes, and followed their first responders down the streets.

WHAT STANDS IN A STORM by Kim Cross, who writes about that day, writes about her friends and neighbors and family. Some lived. Some died.

Buy this book. Save it for one of those days when family, friends, job, mounting bills, bad weather, have you slamming doors and screaming. Then read it and count your blessings.  Parts of this book will make you cry. I cried.
in The Tree House by Eddie King G2G6 Pilot (530k points)
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As I live in Birmingham, Alabama, I remember this day very well.  I remember driving to work and debris was falling from the sky.  I later learned that it was debris from Tuscaloosa as the storm moved toward Birmingham.  The tornado narrowly missed Birmingham that evening. I counted my blessings that day that my place of employment and my home were not destroyed.  I work at a hospital, so a direct hit would have been catastrophic.
by Kristin Merritt G2G6 Mach 1 (16.3k points)
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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Eddie.  You know, this is so true of so many communities in the US. When things are at their worst it seems like people band together and work together to make it better.  Sounds like a good read. Thanks for sharing it!
by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (636k points)
Smooches Miss Laura. Happy Turkey Bird Day.
Right back at you Eddie!  Hope it is a great one for you and yours!

I have 15 people in wave 1.  No idea how many for wave 2..  it changes all the time.

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