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Texas and Oklahoma slammed with historic floods: 5 dead, 12 missing... hundreds of homes destroyed... thousands impacted Tags: extreme floods Texas Oklahoma

(NaturalNews) Less than 24 hours after I posted my Preparedness Pop Quiz that encouraged people to get off their butts and get prepared for the unexpected, an extreme, historic wave of torrential rains slammed Texas and Oklahoma. All of us in Central Texas rode it out as the sky darkened to almost nighttime conditions, then dropped a cloudburst of rain that was so thick at times, you couldn't see twenty feet in front of you.

Hundreds of homes were swept away. You can see some of the photos at this link on TheGuardian.com.

At least five people are known to have died, with a dozen more missing. One family's house in Austin was swept off its foundation, killing a mother and her two children while the husband and the family dog survived.

Hundreds of families lost all their possessions as their homes imploded and crumbled under the weight of "a relentless wall of water" as the Governor of Texas described it.

Natural News is currently organizing an emergency food aid effort to donate preparedness foods to the families affected. We'll keep you posted on this effort...





As Yahoo News reports:

The bodies of a 14-year-old boy and his dog were found in a storm drain on Monday morning in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, police said. Two other people killed in the storm were described as an unidentified man found dead from the flooding in San Marcos, Texas, and in Oklahoma, a firefighter who was swept into a storm drain.

A possible fourth person killed was reported by the New York Times, which said a Tulsa woman died on Saturday after her automobile hydroplaned on a highway.


Roadways were impassable, stranding travelers by the thousands. As the waters rose, many people had to abandon their vehicles and escape on foot.





And it's not even over yet: More severe weather is expected all week long. The same weather radicalization that has thrust California into a drought, it seems, has brought near-biblical flooding to Texas and Oklahoma.

My prayers go out to all those individuals and families who have been hurt by these floods.




 

Another urgent reminder to be prepared

Although no person can be 100% prepared against everything, the people who survived these floods kept their wits about them and paid attention to what was happening. Just as I mentioned in my Preparedness Pop Quiz yesterday, certain skills and gear helped people avoid injury or death:

• Owning a reliable, waterproof tactical flashlight was absolutely essential, as the power grid failed in many areas, thrusting homes into darkness just as the flood waters arrived.

• Having an emergency bug out bag in your vehicle was a key preparedness strategy for those who had to abandon their vehicles and flee on foot.

• Possessing emergency first aid and medical skills was also extremely important, as many people suffered injuries from being hit by debris in flood waters.

• The ability to navigate on foot, possibly with a compass, was also extremely valuable. Many people had to abandon their vehicles in areas unfamiliar to them. It's astonishingly easy to lose your sense of direction inside a thunderstorm. Those who could keep their senses and navigate on foot were able to seek shelter more easily.

• In the aftermath of these natural disasters, there's always a wave of looting. Houston, in particular, is highly vulnerable to looters seeking to profit from partially destroyed homes. In these cases, the ability to defend your life and property becomes extremely important, and the best way to accomplish that is to own a firearm and know how to use it. (Yes, looters don't care that you've just been through a disaster. They'll steal from anyone they can...)




 

These storms were mild compared to the social chaos that's coming

As devastating as these storms and floods have already been, they're nothing compared to the nationwide social chaos that's coming. The entire nation is just one "currency event" away from the kind of financial collapse that sends people into the streets with a sense of extreme anger.

We don't know exactly when such an event will arrive, but we know its arrival is inevitable. We know that central banks operate like criminal enterprises, and we know that governments will sooner or later default on every fiat currency they create.

We also know that with 109 million Americans now on government food assistance, a loss of the government's ability to keep funneling free money to one-third of the nation will result in mass social chaos when the free money musical chairs comes to a halt.

We know that the U.S. military is training on domestic soil for martial law operations, and we know that DHS has purchased billions of rounds of ammunition to use domestically (DHS does not operate overseas). There is no question that the federal government believes widespread social chaos is coming, and it simultaneously believes that large cities will explode with uncontrollable violence, looting and mayhem.

This is why you'd be wise to revisit my Preparedness Pop Quiz and check your own score. If you score anything under 20 points on the quiz, you're probably not going to survive what's coming. (Fortunately, most Natural News readers probably already score above 30 on the quiz.) Aim for a preparedness score of 50 or more if you really want to be ready for the unexpected.

Just as many people unfortunately encountered last night in Texas, disaster can arrive unannounced and almost instantaneously. If you aren't prepared in advance, your odds of surviving it are extremely diminished.

Stay tuned to Natural News for details of our food aid assistance effort for Central Texas, which we are organizing right now…

 

UPDATE ON THE OKLAHOMA TORANADO and PRAYER REQUEST
Category: Prayer Requests
Tags: Oklahoma Tornadoes

Beloved Sisters~, Brothers~, Friends~,

Today our sister Tatiana posted following UPDATE on one of our BRIDGES she have become from one of her friends living there.

Please join us with praying for the victims, being compassionate and send love and light in this region. Whoever goes through such a "trial" wherever this is needs our help.

For PICTURES please check following link, it goes to Google pictures where you will see pictures you don't see on the media.

GOOGLE PICTURES

Thank you from my heart! SiNeh~

~~~~~~~~~~~~~

UPDATE ON TORNADO FROM MY FRIEND IN OKLAHOMA.

Dear friends,

 

I am ok- my house ok.

I live 5 miles from the disaster

MY entire family was in direct line of tornado path at its worst.

 It was headed directly toward them, but 2blocks away shifted path ever so slightly north.

 Homes were destroyed 2 blocks distance from my family.

We are extremely grateful.

 

A few notes possibly not on TV your area.

 

A farm had to shoot a hundred horses that were outside and hit by debre.

 

The hospital was new and built to withstand tornados

there were cars inside the hospital and on top of it.Cars piled 3,4 high in lot.

car parts and lumber drilled into outside wall of hospital.

 

The school was new and constructed to withstand tornado. Walls 1 foot thick.

 structure built to withstand tornado. Totally destroyed.Children died here.

 

The earth vibrated like an earthquake does for a mile all direction.

The sound of a tornado is similar to a train coming  but lower and louder.

We compare to a train because There is no other experience with such a loud roar and vibration.

And its moving.

 

This is first time tornado sucked up water in ponds. slung mud balls everywhere.

Photos show cars with mud balls completely covering.

Homes not destroyed  are covered with mud and debre.

 

the path of the tornado was exactly the path of May3,1999.

 Second time these homes destroyed.

 

There is now no electric, practically no water as plant has no power.

No telephone service, no cell phone service.

survivors had to walk out of area to get someplace to go.

 

Winds stated at 200 miles per hour. Doors of storm shelters underground were sucked off.

 

Some people survived in closet of house that was destroyed. but not many.

death toll high.

 

Storm sucked up grass,trees, houses,cars, low buildings,people.

Most every one had damage from debre flying like missiles,knives.

 

Some people never recover from fear created by trauma of tornado.

Those of us not actually in it are in some kind of shock at the horror  of it.

We had 11 hrs of constant warning,and reports, pictures of damage, bodies.

Today it continues.

 

What did I do? I prayed and visualized the winds being peaceful.

 I ask every entity I had ever known to interfere.

 I asked the wind to lift and not be violent.

 I activated my merkaba and surrounded the area.

I sent love.

 

 

What was the gift in it?

Where was my loving universe?

 

 

Peace,  Peg Hamilton

 

Devastating tornado in Oklahoma begs the question: Why don't schools and families build tornado shelters anymore? Tags: Tornado Shelters Oklahoma

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles...)

(NaturalNews) A mile-wide tornado with 200mph winds tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma yesterday, killing 51 people and broadcasting a rude reminder of the fragility of human life and human civilization. Here at Natural News, our hearts go out to the family members of those killed in the storm, and we hope some lessons can be learned from this that will save other lives in the future.

But wait a second, you can't stop a tornado, right?

Of course you cant. But you can prepare for a tornado, and here's where we get into a discussion that the mainstream media won't dare touch because it's not "politically correct" to have an intelligent discussion about any of this.

But here's the question we need to ask if we're going to save lives: How many of those who were killed in the tornado knew there was a tornado warning in place but did nothing to move to a safe shelter? Obviously this question doesn't apply to all the children who were killed, as they are not responsible for their own actions. (Their parents are.) But how many adults actually took the tornado warnings seriously and sought adequate shelter?

Because here's the simple, raw, undeniable truth of the matter: People who seek shelter vastly reduce their chances of becoming fatalities during any disaster. Tornados and hurricanes, in particular, come with advance warnings. They aren't like earthquakes that suddenly appear without any warning at all. Tornados usually give you minutes or even hours of advance notice. Hurricanes give you days of advance notice.

And yet, even when huge hurricanes are approaching their target, many people deny the danger and take no precautions at all!
 

Survivability vs. tornadoes is 80% preparedness and 20% luck

To be clear what I'm saying here, you can never control 100% of your risk or outcomes in a natural disaster, but through smart preparedness strategies, you can very often control 80% or more.

Taking tornados as an example, there is a reason why Oklahomans have, for generations, built "storm shelters" where they could retreat to survive an approaching storm. The photo on the right, for example, shows a low-tech, high-survivability storm shelter that can easily be installed in almost any yard.

Storm shelters offer almost 100% survivability against tornados. Tornados cannot penetrate underground, after all. If YOU are underground, even in a small, cramped storm shelter that's just two meters wide and two meters tall, you have an almost 100% chance of emerging from the storm completely unhurt.

Most fatalities in tornados happen because people are killed from flying debris. You might even call it "wind shrapnel." Take a bunch of lumber, aluminum siding, bricks and roof trusses and accelerate them to 200 mph and you have a deadly weapon that will kill almost anyone it touches. But put your body just three feet underground -- in a tornado shelter -- and all that debris flies right past you, harmlessly above your shelter.
 

America has become a culture of short-term thinkers

Investing in a storm shelter, however, requires forethought. It requires long-term planning, and the culture of America has radically shifted away from long-term planning to short-term thinking. This is evident in our national debt spending, national politics, consumer behavior, education system and everything else.

Housing companies that build homes in Oklahoma, Kansas, Northern Texas and other "tornado alley" zones don't even offer storm shelters. Most home buyers don't want storm shelters because they aren't long-term thinkers. But consider the facts: If you live in Oklahoma, you have to realize the area is going to be struck by devastating tornados sooner or later.

People who buy homes in pine tree forests, similarly, would be insane to believe that forest won't one day burn up all around them. (All forests burn sooner or later.)

People who live in Los Angeles have to be aware they're living in an earthquake zone, and folks who have homes in Florida must certainly realize they are sooner or later going to get hit with category 5 hurricanes.

This isn't rocket science. No one who lives in Kansas, Oklahoma or Texas can claim to have been "caught by surprise" when these repeating natural disasters strike. To live in these areas is to live with the ever-present knowledge that such risks will never go away. My hope is that more and more of these people will take seriously the importance of personal preparedness so that more lives can be saved as these repeating disasters continue to unfold.
 

Americans rarely seek shelter from storms, but they gladly "shelter in place" when government warns them about terrorists

If you really want to get Americans to take cover and seek shelter, tell them there's an armed teenager running loose in their city, tossing pressure cookers everywhere. The people will immediately and obediently follow orders and seek cover in their homes.

But tell them there's a category 5 hurricane about to strike their city, and they'll ignore the warnings while calling a bunch of friends over for a "hurricane party."

Making matters worse, local governments rarely invest in the construction of buildings that can serve as effective shelters against oncoming storms. Many of the children killed in Oklahoma yesterday, for example, were killed by collapsing roofs of schools.

Read this description from Fox News:

Television footage on Monday afternoon showed homes and buildings that had been reduced to rubble in Moore, which is south of Oklahoma City. Footage also showed vehicles littering roadways south and southwest of Oklahoma City. At the Plaza Towers Elementary School, students were hugging and clinging to the walls of the school as the tornado passed over, KFOR reports. An Associated Press photographer saw several children being pulled out of what was left of the school. The school's roof appeared mangled and the walls had fallen in or had collapsed.

Dare I ask the question: Why didn't that school have a basement for sheltering the children?

The answer is devastatingly simple: Because even local governments in Oklahoma -- where tornados are a predictable repeating threat -- often don't think long-term enough to invest in basement shelters for their own children. If they had, those children could have simply been led into the basement and they would all still be alive today. (Tornados don't rip apart properly-constructed basement shelters.)
 

Sometimes more people die than should have

My message in all this? In every natural disaster, more people die than should have died. I'm not blaming everyone who died for their own death, because there's always that 20% "luck" factor when it comes to storm and disasters. Sometimes people are literally killed due to no fault of their own. Sometimes people who prepare still get caught by unexpected random events. But across the board, at least 80% of your "risk" in a natural disaster is under your own control.

Is the TV news warning about an approaching tornado? Seek out an underground shelter and stay there until the storm passes.

Is the National Weather Service warning about an approaching hurricane? Evacuate early and get out of the way of the storm.

Worried about earthquakes? Carry emergency supplies in your car, in your basement and even simple items on your person (like a flashlight and seatbelt cutter).

No matter what risks you face in your particular geographic area, there are smart, effective ways to drastically reduce your risk of being victimized by disasters.

Nearly all "natural" disasters are repeating, predictable events that occur over and over again in the same geographic areas. People who build homes in flood plains should never be surprised when their homes flood. People who build homes in forests should never be surprised when those forests burn. People who live in Oklahoma should always be prepared for tornados.

Did you know that the simple act of crawling into a roadway culvert can save your life from a tornado? Even lying in a ditch is often a far better strategy than hiding inside a building that can't handle the wind loads. There are many, many ways to protect yourself and your family members from tornados, hurricanes and other natural disasters. But you've got to take the idea of preparedness seriously...

... and most people simply won't do that. It takes too much effort to plan ahead.

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