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.