After the storms, we will stay strong!

A tornado near Seymour, Texas

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On April 27, 2011 the Northern Alabama region along with several other states experienced a storm like no other. One made of heavy rain, thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes. (Studies have now revealed that over 300 tornadoes touched down April 27-28, 2011.) The worst of the tornadoes was clocked with over 250 mph winds. This Wednesday started off as any normal one for our office; answering phones, support tickets, and doing our ‘daily routine’ as it were. On this day we were also still continuing to answer questions about Zack‘s brand new product, the Automated Wholesaling Systems. A new product unlike any in its path that would teach and help students to do a wholesaling deal on almost any property in any area by one of six methods.

The day started off bright with lots of promise and soon the rain came and with it, a storm that none of us expected. We remember seeing the sky turn black and the clouds rolling in and twisting to build what would later become a tornado not too far from our office. Quickly Zack decided to close the doors and send everyone home to their families not knowing what would come in the future.

We remember rushing home and preparing for the unexpected. Trying to ‘hunker down’ and protect ourselves and our loved ones while waiting for the tornadoes and storm to pass. To try and explain what a tornado sounds like when it is close by or even on top of you, is practically impossible. Especially one with such high powered winds. In some ways it sounds like you are in the bag of a giant vacuum that happens to be filled with water and bits and pieces. Read more here.

The power in many cities went out as soon as one of the tornados made it way past TVA and damaged all of the 90 lines that bring power into our cities. Later we would find out that not just these power lines where hit but also many of the stations and the nuclear plant as well. And many of the citizens of the city would be without power for 5+ days after the storm had cleared.

After the storm cleared, we were in a stage of rebuilding. People went out in search of gas, food, supplies and anything else that they may need to get by for the days or weeks that laid before them without power. Pictures in the paper revealed the absolute devastation that hit our area when we saw not just buildings but complete cities wiped out from the tornadoes.

However the city, the state, and the people here are all not only resourceful but have a kindness of the south embodied in them. Neighbors were helping each other clean up the mess. Strangers came from all around us to come in and help clear debris and damage sustained from the storm. People flocked to the nearest hospitals to give blood. Others donated time, helping hands, food, clothing, bottled water and anything to help out.

The staff here started to find ways to get our support back up as quickly as possible so that we could both inform all of our students and clients that we were ok and continue to support you as well. We fought to get internet through a cell phone and a laptop so that we could stay in connection with all of you, in case it was needed. We were able to find it in the backyard of Zack’s home on his deck. That seemed to be a high point where we could get signal and internet access through our cell phones.

A few staff members got together to keep each other company while waiting for the power to come back. We played games, told stories and tried to keep our spirits up in the tragedy. Then, an even brighter light at the end of the tunnel–the kind words and wishes from many of you. We got emails and voicemails from many of you wishing us well.

On Sunday, many cities and areas began to regain power. Lights were coming back and businesses would soon re-open Monday morning. Slowly we are seeing our city come back to life. And with all of them, we are springing back as well. Luckily all of our staff members, their families, homes, and our office headquarters all made it out of this storm without much damage. There were some close calls, but we made it out.

Now, we are back up in our office and making our way through to forge on and forward. Zack is still coming up with ideas to help all of you through further training, mentoring, products and services. Our team is playing catch up but working fast to make sure that everyone is taken care of as needed and we continue to move forward. Someone on the news recently stated that “like the Phoenix, we will rise from the ashes.” We believe that we are in the same boat. We are lucky to have made it out of all of this without much damage.

The cities and families that were affected by this storm, still need help and donations. If you or someone you know would like to make a donation, please reach out to the American Red Cross to donate. You can text REDCROSS to 90999 and a $10 donation will be added to your next mobile phone bill. You can also donate online here.

More photos on the storm

 

Take care everyone and best wishes to anyone that was affected by these terrible storms.

 

 

 

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