This past week's severe storm has brought many Park Forest residents damage, frustration and fear of uncertainty. Uprooted trees, smashed cars, torn off porches, tree limbs breaking through roofs, power outages and so much more has proved to be quite burdensome for many in the Park Forest area. While the "mini tornado" we'll call it, took only a few hours to touch down, its effects have lasted for days.
Thankfully, many Cedarwood Housing Cooperative members were blessed to have had no damage whatsoever. Most did have to deal with power outages for up to 3 days and some walked outside after the storm to find their lawn furniture was whisked away by the heavy winds. All seemingly minor in comparison to what it could have been.
One thing is for certain though, all Cedarwood Members came together in the spirit of community to help each other out. We saw children raking elderly neighbors' lawns of sticks, gentlemen helping to return lawn ornaments to their rightful owners, and people of all kinds removing branches from walkways.
At Cedarwood Cooperative, we are so proud to be a part of a community that truly cares for and helps one another. While this week's storm did prove to be challenging, we are confident that it also proved to be a source of strength and resilience for our housing community. It also showed us the importance of being even more prepared for this type of severe weather in the future.
Though we know this blog is too little too late for aiding in this past week's events, our hope is that it will help if and when another severe weather storm ever hits our area again. The more prepared we can be, the better equipped we are to handle the emergency with confidence and efficiency. The following links provide a wealth of information on how to be best prepared for severe weather and we encourage everyone to take the time to read through them. You never know when you might need to call on this information!
Emergency Action Plan - Severe Weather by the Redwood Group
Severe Weather Preparedness on the National Weather Service
Tornado and Preparedness Response Checklists by OSHA
Preparing for a Winter Storm by the CDC
Disaster Supply Kit by the Weather Underground
In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy and stay strong. From all of the Cedarwood staff, we are here for you if you need us.