I’ve been watching CNN’s coverage of the flooding in Pakistan and the updates on the rebuilding of New Orleans in the aftermath of the Katrina tragedy. Living in different parts of the nation has shown me variations in climates and their corresponding storms and natural phenomenons. I have been blessed to live through snow, hail, lightning and thunder storms, hurricanes and an Earthquake. Mother Earth is no joke.
I remember when Katrina occurred very clearly, I was in South Florida at the time. I was disgusted at the idea that our government took so long to respond to the needs of the people severely affected by that storm and the breaking of the levies. However, I was not so surprised that the majority of the people they left for dead were poor people.
I got to feel some of what those people were feeling a few months later as Hurricane Wilma hit South Florida. It was crazy. The storm was bad but the days following were worse. Having all your communications shut off is astonishing. Until you have experienced it you can never completely feel the emptiness attached to it.
Of course, it’s deeper than just communication as far as just speaking with others. There was no electricity for weeks for some people. So many trees where ripped clear out of the ground, straight from the root, that the electric lines were hit hard. Without electricity you lose more than just the light. ATM machines, grocery stores, gas stations and transportation are completely inaccessible.
I was with my brother, his woman and their newborn son. We did a good job trying to maintain a level of cool amidst still chaos. We got out the grill -thank Almighty we had charcoal- and cooked everything that was in the refrigerator and freezer. Our theory was that the food would last longer cooked than sitting in a powerless fridge.
We tried to keep busy during the daylight hours. We read, cleaned and packed in case we got the chance to get out of there. We used all the power in our laptops listening to music. We even had an AC adapter for the car that we used to charge the computers and cell phones.
Continued in And the Darkness Begins