Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

June 8, 2013

Storms: Of preparation and prayer

-- — If you haven’t already, maybe this morning in church would be a good time to say a prayer of thanks that Tropical Storm Andrea blessed us with some much-needed rain while sparing us the overwhelming catastrophe that weather has wreaked upon the Midwest in recent weeks.

It is not unusual for Valdosta and South Georgia to feel the effects of tropical storms and hurricanes coming through the Gulf and the Atlantic, but it is rare that Lowndes County falls directly in the path of impact as we did with Andrea.

Last Thursday morning, every weather map had Valdosta directly in the storm’s path by late afternoon or nightfall. By Thursday evening, after a day of rain, the eye passed above us but the skies remained relatively calm.

Some area folks lost power, but we did not lose our homes. Some people remained vigilant for potential flooding, but we did not as a community have to face the shattered remnants of entire neighborhoods. Had it been worse, hopefully everyone would have been prepared. South Georgia had hours to hunker down, purchase potential supplies, check our flashlights, rearrange our schedules so we were off the roads, while area governments and emergency personnel prepared to deal with what may or may not come.

Compare those hours of warning with the scant 16 minutes of warning received by the people living in the destructive path of recent tornadoes in Oklahoma. Within 16 minutes, they went from living their lives to putting their lives back together ... and those were the more fortunate ones. Some lost everything including their loved ones and lives.

From experience we know, South Georgia is not impervious to the sudden impact of tornadoes. As this week established again, we are in a geographical position that makes us susceptible to the paths of tropical storms and hurricanes.

If forecasters issue tornado watches and warnings, we must be ready immediately. We should listen for instructions but each individual, family and business should have an already designed plan of action from communication to securing shelter to a meeting place.

Same for the more advanced warnings of a potential tropical storm or hurricane. We have more time to plan in the face of such forecasts, but again each individual, family and business should already have plans in place long before a storm system begins developing in the Atlantic.

Planning can save time, save confusion, and can save lives. Planning and a little prayer when a storm thankfully does not live up to its potential.

1
Text Only
What We Think
  • Program works to make men

    The idea is to change patterns.

    April 23, 2014

  • Missing persons: Fill in the blanks

    Missing persons cases are tough. They are tough because they are vague.

    April 20, 2014

  • He is Risen

    Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they and certain other women with them came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.

    April 19, 2014

  • Thumbs up

    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

Top News
Poll

Given the amount of rain recently, what's your favorite “rain” song?

Singing in the Rain
Purple Rain
Have You Ever Seen the Rain?
November Rain
Rainy Night in Georgia
Other
     View Results