Could The Tornadoes In Alabama Have Been Worse?
Let’s face it: There’s really no good time for a natural disaster to occur. No matter how prepared a country is—just look at Japan’s recent struggles with an earthquake and the resulting tsunami—or how protected a city appears to be—Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans comes to mind—a natural disaster just about always takes a place by complete surprise and reeks havoc as a result.
However, it’s safe to say that the destructive tornadoes that touched down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama last week, killing hundreds in the city and several other surrounding communities, came at the absolutely worst time possible. But not just because of the damage that was inflicted on the state, though, or the devastating loss of lives that many families have to deal now that the tornadoes have passed through. Those are both terrible—but it’s what happened in other parts of the country and in the rest of the world that make the ‘Bama tornadoes that much harder for residents of the state to deal with.
See, the last week or so has been filled with news stories. Big, huge, headline-stealing news stories. First, Donald Trump questioned President Barack Obama‘s birth certificate and created such a stir that the Prez had to call a press conference just to put the issue to bed. Then, the Royal Wedding went down in London and paralyzed more than a billion people across the country on Friday who tuned in to watch the events surrounding the wedding all day long. And then just last night, word that none other than Osama Bin Laden had been killed by American troops in Pakistan spread like wildfire on channels ranging from CNN to ESPN. So, in a matter of less than a week, the news channels had any number of big stories to pick up and work to keep their audiences informed.
That’s great for the news channels, but not so great for the people of Alabama. When that happens, the average person tends to forget that a tragedy has occurred somewhere and, more importantly, they forget to offer up their prayers—and their donations!—to people in need. Which, unfortunately, is what seems to have taken place in Alabama. While the people there certainly need plenty of aid, many Americans are celebrating the death of Bin Laden or giving props to Obama right now, not worrying about what they can do to help folks out in Alabama.
Which is why we want to offer up this gentle reminder: Help out the people of Alabama! Every year, we’re asked to give to a number of causes, but this is one that strikes close to home. An American city has been devastated and it’s not grabbing as many headlines as it should due to a number of different factors. But the fact remains: People in that city need help. “Life in the South has never been easy,” Alabama rapper Yelawolf tweeted last week shortly after finding out that his hometown of Gadsden, Alabama had been affected. “To the families who lost a loved one in the storm…Sending my love.”
He hasn’t forgotten—and we hope that, even in the face of everything else that’s going on in the country and in the world right now, you haven’t, either. We’re not saying you shouldn’t pay attention to all of the other current events out there—we did, after all, finally get Obama, people!—but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t pay attention to Alabama, too. So donate a few dollars, send some goods down their way, or simply keep them in your prayers. Because while there’s no good time for a natural disaster to take place, this one had particularly bad timing.