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Friday, January 12, 2007

State of Emergency...

We are in the middle of a winter storm.

But it isn't a blizzard that we're looking at.

It's ice.

Kind of makes you wish for snow.

Ice has got to be one of the most dangerous and destructive forces in nature. Widespread and covering entire regions of the country, ice can rack up millions, even billions, of dollars in costs and damages.

Essentially, people like me and you end up footing the entire bill.

When we had the big Ice Storm of 2002, my homeowner's insurance increased so much that I ended up increasing my deductible.

Some may believe that the government is going to pay the bills, but really and truly...

We are the ones that really pay.

Not only do we end up paying the price for storms like these with our hard-earned money, but many people end up paying with their lives.

A man has already died today because of the ice on the highway.

In 2002, we were without power for almost four days. But there were thousands that were out of power for weeks, and some were out for months.

We were loaned a kerosene heater to help keep us warm. It was miserable, but it wasn't deadly because temperatures didn't stay below freezing once the storm had passed.

This time we're looking at below freezing temperatures for almost a week, with nighttime lows in the single digits.

Now I know you folks in Alaska, Canada, and even Greenland are probably chuckling right now about us unprepared Oklahomans...

But you have to understand that we are in a location where weather like this is not the norm. So we don't have things on our shelves and in our homes that are probably very common for you to have. Additionally, the state government doesn't have millions of dollars of equipment to help ease the pain of this type of weather. And our Wal-Mart doesn't have the same winter weather apparel in their stores that you do either.


We're "frozen in time" so to speak for the entire week-end here in Oklahoma.

The governor has declared a state of emergency for our state.

I've been praying for a week now about our weather.

I've been praying that we don't lose power, because there isn't any way we would be able to stay warm without electricity.

And neither do thousands of other Oklahomans.

The gasoline generators have been shipped into the state as fast as the big box stores can get them here.

And they've been carried out of the stores before they even get them added to their stores' inventories.

I pray that the precipitation is frozen before it comes to earth...

And I pray that there isn't any further loss of life due to this storm.

And I especially pray that everyone is warm and safe in their homes...

With their families.




Blogger Sue said...

Oh my gosh! I shall stop moaning about how cold and windy it is here - at least we don't have the ice to deal with.

Thinking of you and hoping this ice storm doesn't last too long.


January 13, 2007 3:27 AM  
Blogger Pattie said...

I hadn't been watching the news lately. I had no idea. I hope that the weather takes a change for the better soon.
People here in Charlotte still talk about the ice storm that happened here a few years back. No power for two weeks...they were not prepared for it either because it was not typical weather for this region.
About all I have witnessed here is a little frost in the morning here and there.
Stay safe and warm!

January 13, 2007 6:45 AM  
Blogger Smalltown RN said...

Well not everywhere in Canada is an ice box.....it is usually our provinces back east that get the cold and rain. Like your eastern states get a lot of snow, generally way more than we do on the Westcoast. Generally our winters are describe as being in Lotus land. This year is an exception with all our wind storms, then in, then snow and now the cold. So we have been getting it all this year. This to shall pass I say.

Now you wanted to link to my hubbies site here is his blog address http://qualicumlife2.blogspot.com/

He doesn't post very often but when he does he is very good. As far as a granite web site that is still in the developmental stage. Keep you posted on that one.

Thanks for dropping by....

Take care and stay warm.

January 13, 2007 9:29 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Thanks Mary Anne.

Will do.

January 13, 2007 9:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just an FYI: Target does sell long underwear. I bought several sets about two months back. (this was at the Target on May and 50th)

January 14, 2007 8:46 PM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Hey Shelly...


I'm currently wearing a pair of sweat pants under my scrubs.



January 16, 2007 8:55 PM  

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