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Disastrous question

Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 3:43 PM

I've been impressed by the way officials and the people of Murfreesboro and Rutherford County have handled the disaster of the tornadoes late last week.

While I hope and pray we never find out, how do you think the officials and citizens of Shelbyville and Bedford County would react to such a situation?


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I have also been very impressed by the way things have been handled in Murfreesboro after the storms of last week. I can honestly say that I am usually impressed by the way Murfreesboro and Rutherford County handles everything. They do a great job with their planning of things like The Avenue, new hospital, subdivisions,traffic after an event,etc. I really don't things would go that well if we had a situation like that in Bedford County. I don't think the food places, businesses, etc would pitch in to help the people, like staying open 24 hrs and offering free showers, etc.

-- Posted by nomountainman on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 4:48 PM

I have also been very impressed by the way things have been handled in Murfreesboro after the storms of last week. I can honestly say that I am usually impressed by the way Murfreesboro and Rutherford County handles everything. They do a great job with their planning of things like The Avenue, new hospital, subdivisions,traffic after an event,etc. I really don't things would go that well if we had a situation like that in Bedford County. I don't think the food places, businesses, etc would pitch in to help the people, like staying open 24 hrs and offering free showers, etc.

-- Posted by nomountainman on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 4:49 PM

I'm not sure but I'd hate to see some "de-constructionists" take God to court because He allegedly cleared or cluttered areas that they'd had the contract to raze and clear off.

I'd hope that,even without a man-made or natural disaster,we'd come together to forestall damage,help one another,gain appreciation for Nature and our architectural history and look for every opportunity to *think* about our community,how it looks,how it functions and how we will guide its evolution in the future.

Let's assume the worst had happened when bad weather hit or Edwards' Oil exploded.

What would we have missed most of what we lost?

What improvements would we have made given a "clean slate"?

If we could turn back time,what would we do differently with our communities?

I think we have a lot of caring,competent people around but recent events might be a reminder to us to examine how much emergency preparedness we have.

It's way too easy to be caught without escape plans,shelter,emergency supplies,communications and strategies for dealing with pets,children or those in poor health.

How well have we anticipated the needs of our immigrant populations?

How ready are we (mentally,physically,financially,spiritually) for unexpected challenges?

What I know of Shelbyville/Bedford County tells me that we can take pre-arranged plans and go on "auto-pilot" to tend to tasks without qualm or hesitation.

We can team up and use our hard work,skill and imagination to achieve great things.

Our main flaws are a tendency to overlook potential problems and opportunities to better ourselves,a habit of looking for quick,easy solutions,a desire to hide from unpleasant realities in the hopes they'll go away and a "that won't work here" dismissal of promising ideas.

If we are forced to "think outside the box" (and be active instead of passive,self-seeking or obstructive),we have enough energy and creativity to overcome any disaster or any of our own limitations.

God willing,we won't need an act of war or a storm to bring out our best.

We can start applying our better natures now.

We can be ready to safeguard our homes and loved ones,continue functioning,assist those around us and heal the damage we couldn't prevent.

We can get strategies and resources ready now before the worst occurs.

If we look ahead with determination (rather than dread or denial) and the leaders and constituents look at one another as partners (rather than obstacles and foes),then we can handle anything.

We just need to accept that:

1. Safety and progress take work and a lot of thought.

2. We have to preserve our community by uniting our strengths or our self-centeredness will help destroy our home by consolidating our weakness.

3. We have to believe in ourselves and one another or inaction,greed and panic will finish off what any disaster might begin.

I'd almost welcome some turmoil if it would shake people up and remind them of their abilities and priorities.

Let's see if we can't accomplish that by getting ahead of our problems before they occur.

The upside is that seeing citizens,officials,the commercial sector and public services working at optimum levels in anticipation of dire moments can let us know how well our helping professionals, neighbors,media,etc. can perform for us every day.

I believe we can be survivors and heroes if terrible events should occur.

I think we can all believe it the more we demonstrate our heroism in times of peace and prosperity.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Wed, Apr 15, 2009, at 5:12 PM

I think our locals would rise to the occasion in such an incident. It would be interesting to see to what extent some of the people who have immigrated here would pitch in and help.

-- Posted by bomelson on Fri, Apr 17, 2009, at 3:44 PM

Well, I have to be honest. I believe that we as Bedford Countians would all rise to the occasion. We have so many times in the past and I have faith that the good people of this county can and will do it again, if occasion or situation arises. We have alot of good people here from all walks of life and nationality. I personally will not be looking for those taking notes and names, I will be looking for those who need help.

-- Posted by plainandsimple on Sat, Apr 18, 2009, at 11:48 PM

I'm sure that Kip Green and the Codes Dept would do the right thing and make Shelbyville all kinds of money.

-- Posted by big daddy rabbit on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 11:49 AM

I agree with you, Bo. I was on the internet listening to the storm outside and only responded personally by turning off my computer and opening the curtains to watch the thunderstorm north of town. Hope others would have done something more constructive.

-- Posted by genewells2008@yahoo.com on Sun, Apr 19, 2009, at 2:07 PM


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