A bright, shining star

Published 11:01 pm Monday, October 4, 2004

By Staff
Our View
Ivan the terrible has gone into history as the most devastating natural disaster Alabama has ever seen. The storm took away power from hundreds of thousands of homes for days. Even worse, some do not have a home to go to anymore because of the destruction that Ivan inflicted.
Having a hurricane like Ivan hit home literally, is a grim reminder of the reality of these kinds of disasters. Too many times watching aerial photos on CNN or the Weather Channel fails to convey just how real and devastating these storms can be to real people.
For us, the damage was vast and devastating, providing a reminder on just how dependent we have become on modern conveniences.
We have grown so accustomed to waking up in the morning to an electronic alarm clock, turning on a light switch, turning the television on one's favorite morning show, cooking an early morning pot of coffee and so on. The fact is our generation doesn't have a clue on how to manage without the electricity.
Food is difficult to cook unless there is gas powered ovens or grills. Keeping the items in the freezer is useless when the electricity is off.
Children do not understand why it won't work. Their innocent minds only know of the environment that they have been in and when there is change it is difficult to handle. Senior citizens as well have difficulty in dealing with power outages due to their health and the need avoid extreme heat.
A comparison between Escambia County and other locales further inland cannot be drawn and show there really is no comparison. Homes were literally picked off the ground by the tremendous winds and the current of water that flooded the coast for miles overwhelmed some.
Even though our damage was severe, our workers, and many others have answered the bell as well as any.
The work of the EMA and the Red Cross prove that Atmore has and is cared for by people who are willing to go to great lengths to make sure that the residents of Atmore have their needs met as best as possible. Everyone should in some way take this lesson and vow to help at least one person. If half the community made that vow to stretch an open and helping hand then the whole community would prosper. Thanks go out to the EMA, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Southern Baptist Convention and many, many other organizations for being the example, the bright and shining star for us to follow.

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