The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

May 22, 2013

Help those hit hard in Oklahoma


Commercial-News

DANVILLE — The awesome, destructive power of Mother Nature showed its full extent Monday as a huge tornado scoured its way across Moore, Okla., knocking out a hospital, two elementary schools and dozens of homes.

Even though people heard warnings of 30 to 40 minutes before the storm hit, the power of the tornado crumpled all but the strongest of buildings.

The tornado left more than 20 people dead in its wake, including a number of children in one of the schools.

We also can take heed of the destruction caused by the Moore tornado and, with our families, plan what to do should a similar situation arise here in Vermilion County.

Local emergency management officials want to upgrade the county’s storm warnings system, moving to methods that take advantage of the widespread use of cell phones and social media. Vermilion County Board members should give those proposals serious consideration.

Our prayers go out to those in Oklahoma who lost family members, their homes or their businesses.

We can offer them help through disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross and others.

And we can prepare for the possibility of storms that head our way.

HOW TO HELP

To donate online, go to www.redcross.

org or text REDCROSS to 90999 for a $10

donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.