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A True Triumph of the Human Spirit

No matter what’s going on locally, certain events always force us to put our petty squabbles away for a few minutes to take a step back and put things into perspective.
 
This weekend’s storms have been the biggest topic in the news this week -- and for good reason. There’s something that makes humanity feel very vulnerable when nature’s forces strike. Maybe it’s just knowing there’s nothing we can do except hunker down, wait it out and prepare for what’s on the other side. It’s a complete loss of control over our lives. Maybe it also reminds us that we aren’t really in control to begin with. Either way, we as humans know there’s nothing we can do to stop this kind of thing from happening and that scares us.

But there are two sides to this story. Despite the carnage and helplessness natural disaster brings, we always see the resiliency of the human spirit in its wake. Family, neighbors and friends jump into action. The community comes together and all of the sudden clearly defined lines are a little more blurred. The “that’s mine and only mine” attitude becomes “I can offer help.” People make time they otherwise can’t find to help out their fellow man.
 
That’s exemplified by Westport Auto, Helping His Hands Disaster Relief Ministry, The Knox County Emergency Management Agency, The Lincoln High School Random Acts of Kindness Club and too many other local businesses and organizations to count.  We should all take a moment and say a special thanks to the people working to help those affected by the storms.

A special mention goes out to the KC EMA. If you haven’t signed up for the Code Red Alerts, you should. It’s free and you can sign up for alerts at:http://http://www.knoxcounty.in.gov/departments/public-safety/emergency-management/65/codered
 
John Streeter told our Ed Ballinger there was 18 minutes of warning between when the National Weather Service’s issuance of the tornado warning and the EMA reporting the first sighting. When the NWS issues a warning or watch, the Code Red message goes out via text or phone call. That could be the difference in life and death. It’s a great tool Streeter and Company has given to Knox County Residents.


On a personal note, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected. My prayer is that everything falls into place correctly and they can get back to “as normal as possible” quickly.
No matter what’s going on locally, certain events always force us to put our petty squabbles away for a few minutes to take a step back and put things into perspective.

 


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11/20/2013 1:35PM
A True Triumph of the Human Spirit
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