Last April the 16th my sister and her family had everything they owned taken from them. Their home, everything in it and their cars were totally destroyed. They were fortunate that they survived. All of them were beaten and banged up pretty good but by the Grace of God they survived. My sister and her fiance are both still very afraid of storms. If one is coming they make plans to stay in someone's basement. She is constantly watching the weather channel or the local news for any possible chance of storms. If she finds that a storm front is passing through the state (no matter what part) she is on her phone texting everyone warning them. I feel so sorry for her. This anxiety over what happened and thinking it will happen again is eating away at her and at her fiance. They are both paranoid about bad weather. I really wish I could help her. All I can do is listen to her and of course offer them the use of our basement during the bad weather. Our spring season has started off with several storms this year and of course it has just about torn her nerves to pieces. The anniversary date is approaching and I am worried how they both will handle it.
Here are some links to articles about the tornado's and the destruction & death that followed.
In the above article the Lowes store that was destroyed is only about 12 miles from my sisters house. You could see the path that the tornado's took from that Lowes to the area she lived in. It was scary.
In memory of this disaster I have been trying to prepare our family & our home for these instances. I have a big home and a basement. I open it freely to my friends and family in times like this. Thinking this over I figured that I needed to make sure my stock piles were in order. I searched the web for things that might be needed and found an interesting list of "100 Items that Will Disappear After A Disaster". I thought I would break this list up into groups and post them for discussion.