Dayton Ohio, Montgomery County Tornado Disaster
May 27-28, 2019
An Outbreak of 8 Tornadoes
EF4 Tornadoes, with winds of 170mph
Living in the Information Age with cell phones and the internet readily available at our fingertips we have instant world-wide communication available to us. It is difficult to imagine life without communication, electricity and information, but in times of disaster, when we need these things the most, cell phones, land-lines, the internet, and roads often stop working. Without these things, the communication and roadways needed for Professional First Responders to be called and get to us are not possible. In a disaster, we and our neighbors will likely be alone; we will be the only help that is available.
It is helpful to know what life is like in a disaster so that we as individuals can prepare for such times. On Monday, May 27th, 2019 at 10:30pm, disaster struck 70,000 people in Ohio. Instead of falling asleap that night, the townsfolk of Montgomery County had tornadoes rip the roofs off their homes, exposing them to torrential rain. Tired, in the dark, and without cellular communication, or passable roads, residents were left to get through the situation on their own. CERT members are trained to manage such situations. They know to shut off gaslines, how to turn off electrical breakers, render medical aid, and search for and rescue victims trapped under debris. Those with radios and who knew how to use them had an extra link/resource available to them that night, while others were less fortunate and were completely unreachable by professional responders. It is difficult to imagine Americans being so isolated, desperate, wet, and alone.
Whether you are new to disaster preparedness, or are a seasoned prepper, I encourage you to listen to this .wav Audio File. It is the radio communication that took place that night, and it captures most all of the situations CERT volunteers are trained to respond to. In it you will hear first hand emergency responders combing the dark streets searching for victims and managing the significant structural damage to the city. This 3 hour 45 minute audio recording was started at about 2:30am ET, three hours after the initial storm struck. Listen to the responders as they find trapped victims and other victims roaming the streets in search of medical aid. As an audio recording, it captures what video footage cannot, for in the darkness of night and storm there is little visibility. Radio becomes the only link to information and aid.
In our comfortable civilized society it is easy to become complacent, but preparedness is something we should all be doing. You may decide to listen to the audio for only a few minutes, or you may find yourself settling in and listening to the recording in its entirety as you would a good book, unsure of what is to come next. The audio of the night seems to go on for ever. I can only image what life was like for those who were there without home in the dead of night. The audio captures all that was known of the incident at the time. Pictures and visuals of the devastation didn't begin to become available until morning the next day. Are you ready for a disaster should you find yourself in one? Are you prepared?