shelter from the storm . . . part 1

At the beginning of the last week of January, we were hit with an ice storm that has since been reported as the largest natural disaster in Kentucky history. The entire National Guard for the state was called up for crisis management and is still active managing the clean up efforts and making sure people are safe in their homes. Many MANY families are still without power and expect to be for the next couple of weeks. Our city experienced 100% power outage for the first 2 days of the storm; the extent of damage to the power grid here is equal to the damage in New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina. I spent a week in a Red Cross Emergency Shelter housed at a local church. There were about 200 people there with me (35+ are still living there) living with no heat or electricity and only a few lights powered by a generator. I don’t know that anyone there would say it was easy or even pleasant, but we were blessed to be safe and cared for. And regardless of difficulties experienced in that place, there was an incredible reminder in our face at all times . . .

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~ by kentuckyfaithful on February 9, 2009.

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