Blog Post by Ele Tarkalson
December 11, 2021 was the day that changed many lives. A tornado that started in the night, killed and injured many people. Jobs, homes, animals, and many other valuable things were demolished. The tornado was at least three quarters of a mile in width. Per hour, it covered about 59 miles, striking more than 215 miles in approximately 3 hours. Citizens in Mayfield, Kentucky got hit with some of the worst outcomes. The governor, Andy Beshear, made a statement on CBS News Saturday morning, after the question was asked of how many were presumed dead saying, “It could end up exceeding 100 before the day is done”. There had not been a tornado as bad as this, since 1980, which took place in Jefferson County, Kentucky. It was the largest target of this tornado, leaving 2.5 million dollars in damages and 76 dead. With that being said the future is unknown and there are many circumstances we cannot predict. 2000 miles. This is around the distance, on ground, from Idaho to Kentucky. Many different cultures, people, features, and weather conditions… Here in Idaho we do not necessarily have to worry about natural disasters like, tornados, volcano, hurricanes, and tsunamis. We do have, wildfires, earthquakes, floods, and droughts. Yes, these things are devastating if they occur, but we take many things for granted living in our somewhat secure location. We never know when events like these will happen, and that is the scariest thing. What is something you may take for granted? If you have ever been through a natural disaster and were directly affected, what were the most appreciated tangible items you received? Living in Salmon, Idaho, do you feel protected from many of these calamities?
I have lived in Salmon, Idaho for 12 years. During this time I have witnessed drought, many earthquakes, and fires. I am grateful that I do not have to worry about things that people in Kentucky do. I have no idea how I would handle it. Something that I take for granted is our easy access to clean water. After the tornado in Kentucky on Saturday, many people are in need of clean water or any water of that matter.
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