Tuesday, February 05, 2008

All the Good Thoughts You Can Muster

I'm blogging about it because I'm not sure what else I can do.

A tornado hit Jay's campus tonight. A good portion of the dorms were destroyed. Eight students are currently trapped with crews trying to get them out. No fatalities or severe injuries so far, but another line of storms is on the way.

I'm trying to figure out who to call, how to help...The campus is closed to everyone but emergency crews so going there isn't an option. There's no way to get in touch with anyone in the area because the phone lines are down. I just want to say, "We have a warm, dry place and a hot meal for as many kids as you want to send," but there's no one to say it to!

So send good thoughts this way, please, for the students and for all the other folks who lost so much tonight.

Update: About 30 minutes after I posted this, the university president called into the local (rhymes with "yokel") television station and announced that faculty and staff were to come to campus and pick up students. Jay is there now and I'm frantically cleaning the house and preparing for an unknown number of cold, wet, and hungry students.

Other news is that there were no serious injuries on campus but there are several students still trapped inside a dorm. They are in constant contact with the crews working to free them. Classes are canceled until further notice. The university president reports that the damage is ten times worse than the damage sustained from a tornado in 2002, and estimates that the campus has sustained "millions and millions" of dollars worth of damage. Power is out indefinitely in the northern part of the county.

I still haven't been able to contact several friends who live in the area that sustained the most damage. Prayers, good thoughts, please.

15 comments:

anna said...

Oh my Marybeth, you and Jay and all the students there are in our thoughts and prayers....please keep us updated!

gavin richardson said...

lambuth or union? which campus, i haven't heard a single report.

gavin richardson said...

nevermind, just heard the report about union uni "direct hit"

JGA said...

Take Care. We're thinking of you.

Josh

HP said...

I'm thinking of you here in Memphis. Take care of yourself as well as your campus refugees.

Erica said...

As a former MN college student, I get the tornadoes (our sister college was hit when I was a junior).

Prayers for you and the guests. I'm sure they will always remember the hospitality.

Ruth said...

I spent a cold dark night in a Nebraska Wesleyan basement and the tornadoes didn't hit us. I can't even imagine what all of you/them must be feeling. Good thoughts are prayers are on their way.

Darby said...

Wow! I heard about that on the news this morning, I didn't know it was Jay's school! Good for you, taking in students! It is amazing that no one was seriously hurt!!!

Sparky's Garage said...

Thank God you all are okay. I'll be praying for all of you.

Kat E said...

Oh my goodness...heard about the tornadoes on the news but it didn't even register that they were in your area. I'm glad you're OK and that you might have a chance to help some students. Keep us posted.

Orangeblossoms said...

prayers, prayers, prayers.......

I wondered how you were doing. Thanks for posting to keep us updated....

anna said...

MB, So glad they have a home to go to and that you guys are there with open arms...they will remember it for years to come.

So glad you guys didn't get hit there at home...

I can't imagine how scary it was for those students...

Sending you strength as you take care of a house full....

Anonymous said...

prayers for you that you will be "home" for those who need you...

Shelly

Jenny said...

More prayers here, too...
nothing else to say (if you can believe that...)

Kel Bel said...

I definitely was not expecting to see Union on the Today Show this morning - glad to hear you guys are safe and sound. Prayers and thoughts are with you all.