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Thursday, May 5, 2016


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Anyone who thinks there wasn't chaos in the hours following the tornado Feb. 5, is only fooling themselves. When an event of that magnitude strikes -- there is chaos.

Just because someone earns the title of police officer, first responder, fire fighter, sheriff, police chief, fire chief, OEM coordinator or even mayor, that designation does not make them immune to terror, shock and bewilderment. Those are emotions felt that night by everyone impacted by the tornado. We're all human and that's how we're made.

Someone, a long time ago, recognized the need to train people how to function in emergencies. Because of that foresight, probably brought about by tragedies, there are certain people who are able to put their personal emotions aside to help someone else. Training and a lot of extra adrenaline helps humans to turn the chaos into a controllable situation.

Nothing was perfect after the tornado hit -- the response, the searches, the decisions, the people in charge -- everything could have been done a little different and a little better I'm sure. BUT ... that's hindsight, that's not reality.

Could-of-would-of-should-of, is only good for one thing -- to teach us how to make things better in the future.

The good which comes from a disaster is the lessons learned. Someday, as life begins to get back to normal for the people of Sharp County, these lessons will be discussed and refined, making things a little better the next time a major disaster strikes the area.

Counties that were not physically impacted on Feb. 5 were among the first to respond and lend a helping hand in Ash Flat and Highland. That's the way it's suppose to be -- neighbors helping neighbors. It's good to know the help is there when it's needed. You can bet they also learned lessons they will take back to their county and hope they never have to use them.