Season for disasters
by Chip Latcham
May 22, 2013 | 1299 views | 0 0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
It seems every day we Americans are greeted by another unimaginable tragedy.

Just a week after tornadoes tore across North Texas and claimed six lives near Granbury, we learn about the monstrous twister that tore through Oklahoma, leaving at least 24 dead, including children trapped in a school that was destroyed.

This tornado, estimated to be up to two miles wide with more than 200 mph winds, blasted through Moore, a populated suburb south of Oklahoma City, on Monday afternoon.

As we’ve stated previously, major hurricanes are horrendous, causing millions of dollars in damages and loss of many lives. But, at least, those in the path of these monsters have a few days to decide whether to ride them out near the coast or travel inland to escape the wind, rain and storm surge.

With twisters, there’s only minutes to find cover. And for those with 200-250 mph winds, there’s often nothing left of the homes and buildings but their foundation.

For Bee Countians who want to help in some way, we would suggest:

American Red Cross: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donate online at, or donate by phone at 1-800-RED CROSS.

The Salvation Army: Donate online at or text STORM to 80888 to contribute $10 to the Salvation Army’s relief efforts or make a donation by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Samaritan’s Purse: Donate online at or by phone at 1-800-528-1980. To give by mail, please send donations to: Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607-3000.

Check with your church to see if it has an organized program to aid disaster victims. There are many other worthwhile relief efforts but do be careful to donate only to proven charities that you know and trust.

– Chip Latcham
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