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.