Tuesday, August 30, 2005

8/30/05 In the Eye of the Hurricane

Their safe world has been stripped from them.
They feel as if they are in a never ending nightmare.
It is surreal.
It is painful.
They are traumatized.
They are numb.
They may not know what to do and how they should feel.

I am describing two events.

One is the impact of Hurricane Katrina.

As another day dawns on the cities of the Gulf, the near total devastation becomes more apparent. As the stories start to surface, we who are on safe ground come to know only a slice of the pain experienced by those effected by the storm.

No one could possibly know at this point just how many lives have been lost.

Soon, we will start hearing about families seeking loved ones who were separated from them in the storm, or who have not been able to make contact with them yet.

Stories of the storm can be found at http://voicesfromthestorm.blogspot.com/

We have already heard stories about bodies floating in the water. How many of them will not be identified for a period of time? How many will never be identified? How many will never be found at all, their families left to live the rest of their lives always wondering, always hoping that maybe that person just had to step away from their former life for a moment in time.

I wish that they all had ID Kits, but that is highly unlikely. If they did, they could get a much faster ID on an unidentified deceased loved one. I always suggest to take the completed kits for all family members and place them in a large, thick envelope. This envelope should then be placed against the inside wall of the freezer, which would still be salvageable in most cases.

We all think this is something that happens to someone else, not us. Be prepared by downloading and printing an ID Kit for everyone in your family at http://www.projectjason.org/Education.html#idkit

We will hear stories of joyous reunions, too. If they don't already know it, people will learn that those whom we love are more important than possessions.

It may take time, as the basics of food, shelter, and clothing must now be obtained.

The storm has passed and soon the repairs of both physical items and the heart will begin.

I mentioned in the beginning of today's post that I was speaking of two events.

In the second, the people effected are still in the eye of the hurricane. It has not passed and will not until they have the answers they seek. It is a limbo of sorts.

The second event is living life when someone you love is missing.

The difference between the two is that for the most part, the thousands upon thousands who were dealt a blow from the storm will recover. Life may not be the same as before, but they will have their loved ones nearby.

In the meantime, we'll pray for all of the victims and their families. We'll pray that they receive the needed supplies and that they can keep their hope alive and bodies strong as they travel this road.

Our prayers will continue for those who have a missing loved one and who reside in the "eye of the hurricane", waiting for the storm to pass.

Their safe world has been stripped from them.
They feel as if they are in a never ending nightmare.
It is surreal.
It is painful.
They are traumatized.
They are numb.
They may not know what to do and how they should feel.

1 Comments:

Blogger Michelle said...

Welcome home, Kelly. Thank you for sharing your insight.

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