How you can help.
Wednesday many lives were forever changed by tornadoes that swept through the south. I had been keeping an eye on the weather Wednesday because of the threat of severe weather. Some schools and businesses were let out early because of the potential danger. We get a ton of storms in the spring so I expected this to be like the others but it wasn't. I can't even tell you the time it was when we grabbed our kids, cat and dog and went into our 'safe place'. We still had electricity at this point so we were able to watch the tornado on the news as it touched down in our city.
Watching this tornado was scary as hell because I knew exactly where it was. My heart felt like it was in my throat because I know these businesses, I know the people who work there. I know the people who live right in the tornadoes direct path. We watched the scene unable to look away until we lost power. The whole northern half of our state lost power. It seemed as if we were cut off from the rest of the world. Our phones were also messed up. The only form of communication we had was a radio that ran off of batteries and a cell phone with shotty service. Our access to the outside world was very limited. For some strange reason, I was able to access twitter. (I'm guessing since it was already programed into my phone it made it easier to connect with.) Later the night we still had storms rolling through the area. It wasn't until after 9:00 pm till it we were able to take a breath. The next day was filled with making sure our friends and loved ones were safe and accounted for. Thursday was a beautiful day except for the damage that was wide spread.
This is a small part of our downtown area. Downtown is mostly closed off. We're under a dusk till dawn curfew right now. Business are still closed and schools are out until further notice. We got electricity restored to us on Sunday afternoon but many are still without it. Many many lives have been turned upside down because of this storm. This terrible storm did not affect just this town but many others. Compared to most we are very lucky. Towns such as Tuscaloosa, Phil Cambell, and Hackleberg, received far worse damage plus a lot of lives were lost. Over 200 lives were lost in Wednesday's storm here in Alabama It didn't reek havoc on just my state though, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia and many other states were affected as well.
This is where you come in. Help Write Now is "a writing community auction to benefit southern storm relief" If you are an author, publisher, or editor I hope you will consider to donating to this great cause. All proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. You can go onto the website and donate directly to the Red Cross too. If you know someone who might be interested in donating please help spread the word. Tweet about this, facebook about this, just get the word out. Also if you live in the south and can donate bottled water, ice, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizer, tarps, building supplies it would be appreciated.