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post #41 of 85 Old 05-22-2013, 07:15 PM
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post #42 of 85 Old 05-22-2013, 08:04 PM
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That's horrible for the not only the animals but, also the entire town of Moore. It's a terrible tragedy that happened to this town.

On a side note, there was a one and one-trillion chance of the town being hit by an EF-4 Tornado or higher twice in 14 years… I guess odds don't really matter…

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Another good story about a horse surviving

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post #44 of 85 Old 05-23-2013, 11:50 PM
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I was at Orr Family Farm yesterday volunteering with cleanup. I'm happy to report that a lot of their ponies and goats survived, and a horse in their front pasture also survived. For all the devastation in the area, there are a lot of wonderful survival stories coming out of this horrible event--human and equine both.

A huge thank you to all of those who are helping Oklahoma through prayer and donation. Oklahomans are strong with a long streak of tenacity, but knowing that others are helping us dig out means so much. :)
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A family from my town lost their 4yr old and 6mo old children it is extremely heartbreaking to read all the articles and see the pictures of destruction I couldn't imagine actually being a part of it. Prays from me, my photographer is putting together a special shoot or a few to donate out there as well I wish everyone the best of luck recovering loved ones and rebuilding.

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post #46 of 85 Old 05-26-2013, 06:52 PM
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This just breaks my heart. I am so sorry for those affected by this disaster, more sorry for the animals. When a disaster like this happens that is all I can think of, the poor animals and the terror they must be experiencing.

I often wonder why people have livestock in those areas, what are you supposed to do if a big tornado comes? I'm not criticizing, I just don't understand. If you are on less than 640 acres (just figuring for a sq mile) and a mile-wide tornado comes at you, there's nothing you can do. That makes me feel so helpless. Is it true you are supposed to just open the gate and let them run? They might get hit by a car endangering other people on top of it.

I had one come close here in AL. I didn't know that tornadoes even happened here. All I could think about were my babies outside getting pelted with hail. They wouldn't stand in the barn because it was so loud. Complete helplessness.

Anyway, just sharing my thoughts. Again, you all have my condolences.

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This just breaks my heart. I am so sorry for those affected by this disaster, more sorry for the animals. When a disaster like this happens that is all I can think of, the poor animals and the terror they must be experiencing.

I often wonder why people have livestock in those areas, what are you supposed to do if a big tornado comes? I'm not criticizing, I just don't understand. If you are on less than 640 acres (just figuring for a sq mile) and a mile-wide tornado comes at you, there's nothing you can do. That makes me feel so helpless. Is it true you are supposed to just open the gate and let them run? They might get hit by a car endangering other people on top of it.

I had one come close here in AL. I didn't know that tornadoes even happened here. All I could think about were my babies outside getting pelted with hail. They wouldn't stand in the barn because it was so loud. Complete helplessness.

Anyway, just sharing my thoughts. Again, you all have my condolences.
Oklahoma is very much an agriculture state. Many people have livestock--it's their livelihood. Tornadoes happen here, but these big ones don't happen every day. Believe it or not, this is a wonderful state, and I'm so proud to call it my home.

If you're talking about why people have livestock in Moore and southwest OKC where the tornado hit, it's because there are still MANY farms and stables and horse properties, both large and small. This area has seen incredible growth in the last 10 years. Ten years ago most of what was destroyed didn't even exist. The people with livestock are slowly being pushed out of the area, but again: It's an agriculture state. They will never leave.

I'm sure you didn't mean it this way, but please know that your comment was very offensive to me. I can't think of many people who have 640 acres ANYWHERE, let alone Oklahoma. Does that mean that all of us who live in areas where there are tornadoes (which would include a large portion of the US) and don't have our animals on over 640 acres are endangering their lives? I don't understand why you would say something like that.
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post #48 of 85 Old 05-26-2013, 07:35 PM
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I often wonder why people have livestock in those areas, what are you supposed to do if a big tornado comes?
A lot of it boils down to: God's Will.

I certainly don't own a mile section and I have livestock, horses, chickens and barn cats. The only animals that will be able to go into the storm shelter will be the dogs.

I depend on the Storm Chasers and the NOAA weather radio to give me lots of advance warning before something like that tornado hits me. I knew at 2 pm that something BIG was brewing over Moore because I was watching the wall to wall storm coverage on TV. At 2:05 I went out to finish picking stalls, lay dinner, fill waters and bring in my animals. I carried my NOAA weather radio with me so I would know if anything started heading my way. At 2:45 when the tornado touched down near Newcastle, I started to hustle a little more. By the time the wind and rain had really started to get close I was dumping my last load of manure and calling in the last 4 horses. We got into the barn just as the squall really hit and it got noisy because of the hail. Because of the NOAA weather radio keeping me weather aware that day, not one single chicken or horse got pelted with hail or even really got wet. I got the wettest because I chose not to weather the whole storm in the barn.

Now, I'm 70 miles north of Moore, so was never in danger from THAT tornado. If I had lived in Moore, I would have done exactly what I did but maybe a little earlier because the news had been watching that storm for quite a while, it cycled up and cycled down several times, before it turned into a full on tornado. Even when it became a tornado it wasn't nearly as big as it finally grew, there was no way to tell what it was going to end up as, until it did.

You do what you can, you pray and give it to God. It's all you CAN do. If the tornado had been coming straight at us, I'd have taken some livestock paint and put my phone # on each horse, that's the only other thing that can be done, so you can be notified where to come get them if the survive and get loose.

97% of the time, the tornado will miss you, heck maybe even 99.9% of the time. Most of the time, you'll get hit by a bus before you'd get hit by a tornado. It's just when you do, it's pretty awful.

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Got to love the internet, someone will always be offended and/or take something the wrong way. Heymckate, I did not mean that you should have a mile stretch of land. That would be ridiculous. I was merely using that as an example of how wide a good sized tornado is. Unless your property was bigger, there would be no way for your animals to escape it if it were coming for you - emphasizing the "OMG, I would be so scared out of my mind and wouldn't know what to do" factor. Sorry if it came out wrong.

Thank you Pat, it makes sense what you say. I am sure people raised in the area have adapted to keeping the weather news on hand and are much more in tune with what to watch for etc.
I am paranoid every time it starts thundering here now, and I only had a near-miss. If I lived there I would lose my marbles.

I appreciate your insight :)

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I am sure people raised in the area have adapted to keeping the weather news on hand and are much more in tune with what to watch for etc.
I am paranoid every time it starts thundering here now, and I only had a near-miss. If I lived there I would lose my marbles.

I appreciate your insight :)
It's all in what you're used to. I used to live in So. Cal. and grew up used to earthquakes and wildfires. My family was from OK, so when I came to visit every year, I learned to keep my eyes open for tornado activity. I've come to the conclusion that I'd rather deal with a tornado or the threat of one rather than earthquakes and wildfires. Tornadoes hit you much more rarely and there's usually a LOT more lead time to get your act together or to get it out of town.

I forget if it was the big Norwalk quake in CA or if it was the Landers quake, but a lady got so freaked out she left CA and went back to FL where she was from. She landed in FL just in time to have Hurricane Andrew tear up unholy Hayell in Florida. She came back to CA. Perspective, that's all it is.

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