Dealing with the Aftermath of Alabama Tornadoes – Pray for Tuscaloosa & Alabama

jan hoadleyI got a phone call this morning that meant I needed to go straight to the blog. It was Jan Hoadley of Slow Money Farm and she wanted to see if I was okay and how others were. She took a while checking on others and I said I think we’ve heard from a lot but I was worried about her as I had a friend heading to Huntsville, AL with generators, gas, etc for family. After we talked for a while, I went and grabbed my recorder after I talked with her for a minute.

Let me tell you that as I talked to her, she was in great spirits, never wanted to say whether something was needed, etc. She was more concerned about the people around her, friends scattered around the country and then the animals she cares for. Jan and Paul were way down on her list cause she knows they are better off than some and said it reminds her how much you can do when you need to.

Jan talked through the full story with me on the recorder but I’m going to put some bulletpoints together so you will know what’s going on if you can’t listen to it.

  • They are without power and will be at least through the weekend. The same storm system that hit Tuscaloosa, Dora and Empire. (After I talked to her, I talked to my friend Marjory who was driving back from Huntsville from checking on her sister. The regional power plant was destroyed and it may be a long time until the power gets back.)
  • She didn’t realize how wide the storm was until she started hearing bits and pieces since Paul went to work yesterday.
  • Jan had gone to the grocery the day the storm hit so they have lots of groceries on-hand.
  • They have a grill, cast iron pans and lots of wood.
  • They have feed for all the animals for the weekend but they may need to start looking at how they can get things if the power doesn’t come back Monday.
  • The dogs were her best tornado warning system as the sirens never went off.
  • She wasn’t sure where the closest touchdowns were but thinks the ones that came through Dora & Empire may be the storm that caused the most damage.
  • Its amazing how pitch black and peaceful a place can be — no traffic or anything. This is especially true since they understand getting gas is going to be the big problem.
  • They are able to get things done and its no problem things like gas, ice, generators would be useful.
  • She’s filling buckets to be sure they can keep water.
  • She’s been shooting a little video & taken photos cause she had extra batteries for those things!
  • Relying on tradition and old school things like being prepared.

When asked what she may be able to use, she sounds more optimistic than I would, but then again, she’s not getting news and information. Gasoline, a generator, water, some heat lamps, rabbit and chicken feed, coolers, ice, etc. would be helpful. I’m trying to decide whether a few of us could coordinate getting some help to her. If you have a generator you could spare for a week or so, please let me know. Any other ideas are welcome.

As we were signing off, Jan mentioned Garth Brooks “Unanswered Prayers” so I’m putting that video here. Jan’s point was that she had ordered more rabbits and that order was delayed. She was glad to know they wouldn’t face the fate of a latter of bunnies and most of the chicks that had died due to the lack of heat lamps.

I told Jan I’d call later to share your comments here on the blog or on her Facebook page. I’m going to be staying in touch with her and will gladly read them to her since she doesn’t have power!

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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16 Responses to Dealing with the Aftermath of Alabama Tornadoes – Pray for Tuscaloosa & Alabama

  1. Amy April 29, 2011 at 1:21 pm #

    It is really good to hear her laugh. I’ve been thinking about her and wondering how she was holding up. Thank you for this.


    • JPlovesCOTTON April 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm #

      I thought the same thing! She sounds almost carefree. Such a good heart!

  2. Karen Corrigan April 29, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    Thanks for the update! Our thoughts and prayers with everyone affected. I’m glad Jan is well.
    Karen @weedgirl24

  3. Suz McClendon April 29, 2011 at 3:13 pm #

    Please let Jan know that I’m praying for her.

    Thank you for the tweet that led me to your post here.

    • JPlovesCOTTON April 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

      Sure thing! Jan is a great friend and I love how she takes things in stride and is worried about others.

  4. Ryan Goodman April 29, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Take care Jan! I know how it is to rely on the dogs for weather predictions. The siren in town is only 100 yards from the house, but in this remote county, the sirens will go off for a warning in any part of the county. Although I could tell it was getting rough when my dog started acting funny. I stepped out side and watched an awing storm pass that actually produced a tornado just north of the house.

    Praying for all those in Alabama affected by the storms. I’ve got family near the Huntsville area, but they were safe from the storms.

    • JPlovesCOTTON May 1, 2011 at 1:35 am #

      Hope you saw Jan’s back up and runnin! I’ll have to talk to you some time about standing out & watching storms…. not smart though I understand it. Please be safe Ryan.

  5. Nelson April 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm #

    “Ya do what ya gotta do or what you can do.”
    Jan’s making the best outta a bad situation. Planning her meals out of her freezer based on what is going to thaw out first. The pre-packaged and smaller items are the first to thaw, so they are the first things you eat.
    Conner is getting an education on “getting by”.
    The chickens are probably getting nervous everytime she fires up the grill though.

    • JPlovesCOTTON May 1, 2011 at 1:34 am #

      You crack me up with the chickens getting nervous when she fires up the grill!

  6. SlowMoneyFarm April 30, 2011 at 3:00 pm #

    Thanks to all for the messages. We’re extremely lucky in missing much of the really nasty stuff that’s hit Tuscaloosa. Small towns like Phil Campbell are reeling and ignored by much of the media, but also sustained damage and loss of life. Only two of the baby chicks from IL have survived – but we continued outdoor projects that didn’t rely on power. Will be updating with blog posts – and Connor has a new appreciation for electricity. For two reasons – one having done without it. Two because when it came back on, he brought the surviving chicks in but did not put the lamp over them. The lamp was resting on a sleeveless insulated vest – which melted but thankfully I’d come in to get something in the kitchen before it ignited – the lamp was *hot* and it wouldn’t have been much longer. SAYING those 100 watt bulbs get hot is one thing…SEEING what it does made an impression. I may just keep that vest for educational purposes.

    • JPlovesCOTTON May 1, 2011 at 1:33 am #

      I love it Jan and I’m so glad you got service back already. I was really worried after talking to Marjory about the situation her sister is in near Huntsville.

  7. vandana May 2, 2011 at 5:05 am #

    I am glad that Jan is fine I am praying for her and her animals. I too like dogs very much.


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