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Tornado update
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cleolinda
So... I've been sick and really rundown and occasionally waking up in the middle of a cold-medicine half-dream to realize I'm talking to people who aren't there. I'm doing my best to be coherent and organized about this, but... well.

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@moirarogersbree: One easy thing to do from a distance is donate to the AL Food Bank: http://bit.ly/m9JNmb

You can also still text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

@rosannecash: This is so easy- Amazon has a 'needs' list for tornado victims; you can buy and they will ship: http://amzn.to/mj6lLI


@SmartBitches: Want to send new bras and underwear down South? Email me for shipping address. Deets: http://is.gd/4Hd4si

@SmartBitches: I have messages about cases of mini shampoo, underwear, coloring books and other needed supplies heading south. SO AWESOME. #wearealabama


I've helped a little with organizing on YA Highway's Help Write Now auction blog; proceeds will benefit all affected areas, not just Alabama. I was looking into getting a fandom auction community set up, but helpthesouth got going before we could, so you can pitch in over there if you would like. Both YA Highway and Smart Bitches, Trashy Books have been completely awesome in terms of jumping in and trying to get things done, as well as all the writers, editors and agents of all genres who have donated auction items. (So far I've seen critiques, Nooks loaded with e-books, signed books, custom jewelry and at least one knitted pig.) Please let me know if you'd like to donate items--the form is here. And thank you for everything. It means a lot.



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Hi,

I've read your blog for a while now, but I rarely comment. Anyway, I live in Ohio, and we haven't had a lot of coverage about the tornadoes in the South, how bad it is, or how to help. I respectfully request your permission to link to this blog on facebook so that my friends can see it and understand.

I only saw a handful of posts last week, and then everyone forgot apparently. I think your site is a good place to go for information and links to other places.

Thank you.

Oh, absolutely. Thank you for wanting to spread the word.

The story that touched me the most was about the woman who runs a guinea pig and rat rescue from her home.

http://dianastaresinicdeane.wordpress.com/2011/05/01/a-miracle-can-weigh-less-than-3-pounds-the-littlest-alabama-tornado-survivors/

She and her daughter and their dog were badly injured, although all have been released from hospital.

They were heartbroken at the thought of all their little furry babies, so the husband began searching that night. Then a 3 pound miracle - they found the bossy female piggy alive and well, hiding under a scrap of fabric from the sewing room.

In total now, they have found 5 piggies and 5 rats alive - one rat is badly injured but now stable - the rest were hungry and scared but happy to be found. "Holly, one of the newest Weaver Pigs, was so pleased to be found that she wheeked and wheeked hard enough to make her ears flap." Of her personal pets, one rat and one piggy still remain unaccounted for, and also a cage with 5 rescued ratties in it


I heard the second story on NPR. They interviewd the father and he described feeling his son just disappear from his arms and then the house collapsing on him and the rest of his family. I was so happy that his son was found alive and relatively unhurt...and he (the father) sounded so calm during the interview, whereas I was completely choked up. Amazing.

One thing to note: while it's really easy to text to donate to the Red Cross, they (and other charities when you text to donate) don't actually get that money for up to two months. So in emergency situations, it's often better to go to their website and donate directly, because then they get it immediately and can use it when they need it the most.

It just kills me how the media has forgotten the South. I know Osama's death is a big deal, but jfc. Time magazine had a two page spread, of one photo, with a short caption, in the Royal Wedding special issue. THAT'S IT. There's nothing about recovery or the deaths (which has increased since the little bit they did say about it) in this week's issue. I watch cable news every morning and night and, unless I missed it, there hasn't been a damn thing said about it at all in the past couple of days.

The tornadoes seemed to hit all around me, I got very lucky. My mom grew up in Ringgold, went to school there and a good portion of it is just gone. My cousin lives in Cleveland (he's fine), my other cousins live in Flintstone (they're fine, just some down trees and one fell on his truck), and two of my closest friends were in in Red Bank, TN. They got lucky too, especially the one whose apartments are about five minutes away from where a tornado touched down and traveled for 2 miles.

Cleo, could I link to this on my facebook, please? I've already linked to it (or another of your posts) on my LJ, but I want to reach a wider audience...

I'm so glad you and your family are okay!!

And thanks for linking to the Amazon donation thing - I'll donate food through that once payday comes. :)

I just linked to this on Facebook as well. I live and go to school in Atlanta; the tornado that hit Atlanta in '08 touched down no more than ten blocks away from the dorm I was living in at the time. They just finished rebuilding the Westin hotel at the very very end of 2010; frankly, Atlanta walked away from that tornado pretty damn lucky. It breaks my heart to read about those who weren't so lucky in 'bama. I'm so glad to know you're okay, and I'll do what I can to spread the word.

As of yet, it is still really hard to get any sort of intel in and out of the immediate tornado zones (no phone, no internet, even cell-phones are still a bit of a gamble), so signal-boosting will be vital until the lines of communication return. Thank you so much for doing this, Cleo.

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