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Thursday, January 18, 2007

FEMA? We don't need no stinkin' FEMA!

Fallen trees at our duplex
Originally uploaded by duanekeys.
Here's a poor quality camera-phone image of the damage at our rental property in Springfield. I'll be removing these Bradford Pears as soon as everything thaws and CU removes the trunk from the power lines. The Bradford Pear is a fast growing tree, but it's quite weak (not that any of the Oaks or Walnuts did any better).

We're somewhat back in business at the farm, check the Geek Acres blog for more updates.

There's been a lot of talk about how family, friends, and neighbors are pulling together. Despite the stress of the situation, it's nice to be a part of a loving network.

The damage is extensive as many are reporting. Sniderman, of The 2 Dollar Bill, said it best:

I'd argue, and have said on-air... that by far... by a long long shot... this is worse than tornadoes. This is hurricane damage in the midwest. This is our Ozark earthquake.

He also made a well deserved joke, saying things could be worse, "FEMA could be in town to help with recovery."

That being said... Who needs FEMA? I've not encountered a single person who EXPECTED the government to come rescue them. I don't know a single Ozarkian who thought they were ENTITLED to FEMA dropping off a generator on their doorstep.

Part of this is due to the seemingly well executed disaster recovery plan implemented by the leaders and citizens of our local area. There has been a constant stream of updates on warming centers, shelters, and locations of fuel and supplies on local radio stations. Repair crews are pulling 16 hour days to get power back on-line. But I think most of the successful recovery of the area is due to the previously mentioned domino-effect of neighbor helping neighbor. It's this attitude and state of mind that makes me glad to live in the Ozarks, even if there are inches of ice on the ground.


Blogger Sniderman said...

Thanks for the quote... a first for me, for sure.

I have to say I've never seen so many people opening their homes to others. It's a heart-warming experience that we should all remember.

We've offered our spare room up to at least 10 couples, and as chance would have it... the next day they get power. So if you know someone who needs some electro-happy thoughts... holler.

A telling moment in the Ozarks comes our way on February 2.

Groundhog Day. The might rodent will speak soon. Prepare ye the way.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Duane Keys said...

Does the rodent take bribes?!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Area417 said...

Actually, there was one person who posted on News-Leaders' Winter Weather Forum who was wondering "where's the government, blah, blah, blah. Guess where they were originally from...NEW ORLEANS!

1:40 AM  

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