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SmartChick
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since 09-23-2001
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On A Journey To The Unknown


25 posted 05-06-2007 02:29 PM       View Profile for SmartChick   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit SmartChick's Home Page   View IP for SmartChick

Hi everyone! I don't know who all lives in Greensburg, Kansas, but please stay safe. The last time we had tornado warnings here in Oklahoma, I was at work and we had to get all the the residents where I work out into the hallway. We had a difficult time with some of the residents. They were so scared. I felt so sorry for them. All I knew to do was put my arms around them and try to comfort them.
Stay safe everyone!
serenity blaze
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26 posted 05-06-2007 03:05 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

I'm so glad that everyone has checked in and is safe.

I am still looking for a safe place to live and there doesn't appear that there is one anymore.

Sunshine
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Listening to every heart


27 posted 05-06-2007 04:53 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Idaho?



Being "safe" is a mental state of mind, too, serenity.  And I'm charging the skies with all of the positive forces of thought that I can...keeping in mind that maybe, just maybe, our drought is finally broken...which, without the rain, brings another disaster of its own kind.



Titia Geertman
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Netherlands


28 posted 05-06-2007 08:10 PM       View Profile for Titia Geertman   Email Titia Geertman   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Titia Geertman's Home Page   View IP for Titia Geertman

I'm glad I live in a country without hurricanes and tornados. They would scare the hell out of me. Only thing we have to watch is that our dykes are staying higher than the sea.
Thoughts go out to all those in the tornado's line.


Like scattered leaves...my words will flow
iliana
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since 12-05-2003
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USA


29 posted 05-07-2007 05:30 PM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Thank you, Tim, for posting the thread.  It's good to know our Kansas friends are safe so far.  I've heard there is still weather happening there, too, so please continue to keep us posted.  My prayers are sent to the victims of these horrific tornadoes and for the safety of all.  
Sunshine
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30 posted 05-07-2007 08:46 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

By chance, today I spoke with a young woman whose Grandfather lived in Greensburg, Kansas.  He lost his wife four months ago.  He was stuck in his home for about one hour.  He felt lucky to be able to get to Pratt, as he is a diabetic.  He has family in Pratt, Wichita, and Salina.  His granddaughter believes he won't be moving back to help "rebuild" Greensburg at his age.

The schools in and surrounding Greensburg [smaller communities that were hit more by wind than actual tornadoes] are closing their schools for the rest of the year.

Hear in Salina, our St. John's Military School [established in 1888] has ceased the remaining week of classes, and instead, held a small and informal graduation this afternoon, simply because of the flooding in our area.  

In 1993, we had a "good rain".  From a high spot just outside Salina, my husband and I could view all of Solomon Valley and Saline Valley, and we have pictures of the flood waters from that time.  This year, however, they say that the cresting of the flood waters is going to be 5' over what it was in 1993.  What the hard weather in April didn't take out in the wheat, its quite possible that the flood waters will "do under" the remaining wheat that had sprung back in what they call an offshoot crop.  

Get ready for higher bread prices.

Our local area had some drizzle today, but no measurable rain.  We had another 1.5" of rain Sunday night.

So what's selling at the stores?  Wet/dry vacs; fans; and generators.

Probably an overload of info, but again, thank you all for your care, concern, and contact emails.  We really appreciate it!
hoot_owl_rn
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since 07-05-99
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Glen Hope, PA USA


31 posted 05-17-2007 10:32 AM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

I'm glad that all the PIPer in that area are safe. My prayers go out to all those who were less fortunate
Ruth
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32 posted 05-17-2007 08:23 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

I made several attempts to find out if this particular letter was "fact" or "fiction".  So far, I cannot find it on the internet.  But I did receive this from a trusted friend, who knows only to pass along "the good stuff"

quote:
Grassroot Friends,

Fred Burgess wrote this letter last night.  Though it's addressed to  the  President, we thought you all might understand it better than anyone.  So,  from Fred, here's to you and how we all are in this together.

Dear Mr. President:

My name is Fred Burgess and I lived about 15  miles northeast of  Greensburg,  Kansas near the community of Trousdale in rural Edwards County.  Like Greensburg, my home and several of my neighbors' homes in Edwards, Stafford  and Barton counties were destroyed on May 4th.  Another storm came  through and destroyed even more homes on May 5th.  In addition, many farmers lost irrigation systems, equipment, machinery, crops and cattle.

We have had too many tragedies of late that hit at the heart of the nation, but this disaster really strikes at the soul of the Country.  Greensburg is a rural community that represents the nation's settlement and development from one coast to the other.   This tragedy did not happen to some "1500  residents of rural Kansas" it happened to the Keens, Welchs, Hewitts, and Bob Mosier, and Karen Martin, and the Grizzells and the Pyiatts and all of the other descendants of those pioneers from all over the world who came to America to follow their dreams and build their futures.

I appreciate all of the disaster relief organizations, the federal and state agencies and the local resources that have rallied so quickly to help us cope with that thing which you never imagine can ever happen to you. And, of course, I appreciate the President of the United States being here
to express the nation's grief at our loss and pledge of support for our future.

But in some ways, Mr. President, I almost wish that you would have come a year from now to help us celebrate what can be accomplished with federal, state and local resources all working toward a common goal.  Such a celebration could be a great motivator for agency people, the relief organizations, the state and the local residents to work together to show what can be done when the effort remains focused on the respectful reconstruction of this rural area.

And local component is an important part of this effort.  Although federal and state resources are necessary for such massive recoveries, the local effort is a part of our rural culture.  We must be certain that we acknowledge the grocer in Bucklin who hands out the bread and sodas and ingredients for the ham salad to the church ladies to make the sandwiches to take to the volunteers who are helping those who lost their homes recover what they can.  The grocer helps the church ladies so they can shepherd their meager dollars so later maybe they can help some family that has uninsured medical expenses.  You won't see his picture in a newspaper but his contribution is every bit as important as that of anyone else. We must find ways to accept these gestures and acknowledge them as part of the total picture.

You also won't read about the lady from a nearby town's Convention and  Tourism Bureau who made arrangements for the people affected by the tornadoes to get significant discounts at many of the retail stores in her community.  Her aim is to help stretch the dollars the victims are getting
from Red Cross and others to buy essentials like clothing and shoes and pens and paper and toothbrushes and aspirin.  Obviously this isn't typically the job of someone in a Convention and Tourism Bureau and that is just the point.  Everyone pitches in with whatever skills and talents they have to get the job done. . . without much worrying about whose job it is to do or declaring "it's not my job".  Miraculously, we manage to do these things without much in the way of turf wars or infighting.  If toes do get stepped on we apologize.  Apologies get accepted out here and then we move on.

I appreciate you being here, Mr. President, and also appreciate the effort being put forth by so many groups and individuals. Most of all, I appreciate the respect that you all will show for this rural community as we work together to restore this little part of the soul of America.

A letter from Fred

OwlSA
Member Rara Avis
since 11-07-2005
Posts 8424
Durban, South Africa


33 posted 05-26-2007 08:15 AM       View Profile for OwlSA   Email OwlSA   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for OwlSA

I can't get into Pip very often or for very long for a while, so didn't know about any of this until today.

I am devastated by the horror of it all and the tears are running down my cheeks (have yet to go in and look at the links!)as we don't have anything like this in South Africa - not even what Titia has in The Netherlands.  My heart goes out to all who have suffered in any way, whether physically, or in fear of what could have happened, and whether Pipsters or not.

Love, hugs and prayers for you all
- Owl  
Sunshine
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34 posted 05-26-2007 06:55 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

http://www.ultimatechase.com:80/chase_accounts/Greensburg_Tornado_Damage_Survey.htm

Some of you have probably seen these images.  Some of you, probably haven't.

In the last 20 days or so, our immediate area has seen anywhere from 1" to 14" of rain.  We are now "flood central" and many small towns have been evacuated.  Several homes are taking on water, depending on their locations.  Most crops [at least in my area of the state] are now totally lost.

The Corps of Engineers states that we have not yet seen "the real flood" yet to come.

Y'all stay dry now, y'hear?

 
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