Friday, March 02, 2007


The problems we have with our blizzard don't exist in comparison to the folks in Enterprise, Al. The tornado that hit the fully loaded school is indeed troubling. I was listening to Shephard Smith on Fox News as he masterfully went live to listen to and question victims and emergency workers live. People that he had never met. I noticed that he was very careful not to put words into anyone's mouth and never once asked if there were fatalities. He did not sensationalize anything. The most poignant moment for me, and what sets this town apart from other disasters where folks just sat and waited for government help, was when Shep asked a hospital administrator if they had enough help and had they been required to call in more staff. She said they hadn't called any extra staff. She said everyone who was 'off-duty' had already arrived on their own within minutes of the school being hit.
I thought that no matter the horrific outcome of this event, the town would eventually recover. They must be that kind of people.
The wind here is still at 40 mph and above. I just looked at the wind forecast and it is to blow until Saturday nite. We have a very responsive road crew here in the county who are well equipped and very talented and are actually just like the folks I talked about above. We are snowed in but no big deal for us, but one livestock producer called me (most of us Supervisors will get a call or two in this kind of weather) and told of needing to get to his cattle. I'm sure the crews are waiting for the wind to subside as it is dangerous moving snow in these open areas with such poor visibility. One could easily hit or get hit by a rather large machine.
With making just one phone call I was able to call the man back and tell him he'd be able to get to cattle in about a half hour. "You're kidding" was the response. He was happy and surprised that the crew's response would be so quick. It didn't surprise me.
It's pretty easy to stomp out fires if you're surrounded by the right kind of folks.
We are.


Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

You are so right. Being surrounded by people who are willing and able to help versus those who wait for others to do it does makes all the difference in the world.
Stay warm.

nora said...

Bravo, you hit the nail on the head. Don't wait to be asked, just pitch in and do it.
Thanks for the update.
And as Ralph said, stay warm.

LZ Blogger said...

Cliff ~ Now you have just explained WHY I watch Fox News! ~ P.S. Time to throw another log on the fire!~ I hope you haven't lost power there! ~ jb///

Kendra Lynn said...

This weather has been crazy!
Take care and stay safe.


Mike ( ex scientia, veritas ) said...

Very inspiring, Cliff - thanx for sharing. Tragedies such as that in Enterprise leave one speechless. I recall waiting in surgery with the rest of the staff, for about 90 minutes, when were notified we would be receive a large number of multiple trauma injuries from an airliner which had crashed on takeoff. My own daughter was at day care and I didn't know when I could pick her up or would be home. In short order, we were notified that there was no need - there were no survivors. The silence roared. I'm certain everyone's family received an extra big hug and kiss that night. Tonight is a good night to do the same - and count our endless blessings. Thanx for the reminder, Cliff. ;)

Britmum said...

I am glad you are surrounded by good people Cliff because you are one of the best.

Stay safe and warm.

Take care xx

Rachel said...

Very sad about the tornados. We were under the watch and I monitored the weather closely but it all stayed south of us. We got some storms and oodles of rain.

It's wonderful when people pull together after something like that. Seems like people usually do, but not always. Like the stupid people that loot after something like that. I think shooting them on sight would be a fair thing.

I'm glad you have those good folks living around your area! Hang in there until the wind dies down!

Paul said...

Those folks are "those kind of people." It all started back in the depression when the boll weevil came along and devoured a whole community's cotton crop. Awful. It was really bad. Starvation was on the horizon. Until somebody said, "Maybe we can still get in a peanut crop." And so, working together, they planted peanuts, and they survived winter. They helped out folks in other counties and towns as well. And year after year, their peanut crops provided their incomes much better than cotton would have. They were so grateful for their change in agriculture that they put up a statue of a boll weevil as a tribute to the good fortune they discovered because of it.

That statue still stands in the town square. They really are "those kind of people."

Jerry said...

Just a few miles away from me, in an affluent neighborhood, there were 500 phone calls placed to the Highway Dept to have their streets cleaned. There was a snow emergency going on at the time (due to high winds). The interstates had not even been plowed yet.

I think I'd rather be in Nebraska.

Jim said...

Most are good people still! Alabama has good ol' Southern Hospitality going for it too. Southern state people are like that!
That may be hard for an ex-Midwesterner like me to say, but you will find out too if you [all] come.
I just read where President Bush is making plans to visit. Federal aid won't be far behind. [Let's hope they have FEMA straightened out.]

Rhodent said...

You are very fortunate to live in such a community. It is nice to know that there are many such communities still in existence. I live on a street where many of the neighbors are of that sort. It is one of the reasons I dread leaving my house and moving to new digs. Hopefully I will end up living in a neighborhood or condo building with good people as well.

Keep warm.

Lee said...

It's truly wonderful how people respond in times of difficulty and need. It's a time when strangers, for a 'brief' moment become friends. Humans can be so great when called upon in distressing's so sad we soon forget. I do hope all is well up your way, Cliff.

Jamie Dawn said...

My heart is still aching for those whose kids were killed at the school. I agree with you that you could tell from the interviews and reports that these townpeople were right there, working hard, doing all they could in this time of crisis. I heard one man who said he and other men had tried with all their might to lift part of the collapsed wall in order to get to some of those kids, but they were unable to lift the heavy debris. You could just hear in his voice how very dedicated he was and how very sad he was at their losses.

Raggedy said...

My heart goes out to all of the people in the desaster. Your post is very good. I was very touched when I read "She said everyone who was 'off-duty' had already arrived on their own within minutes of the school being hit." That re-kindles my hope that people can and will pull together and help each other.
It does not suprise me that you are surrounded by good folk because you are a good man.
I am glad you could help the man with his cattle.
Take care and stay warm.
Don't go sailing, it's too windy.
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from
the Cool Raggedy one

Anonymous said...

Take care- haven't been able to check in on you, but you all have been on my mind.
You're right on the mark about folks who care and show it in action.
(Apathy is one of my main pet peeves.)