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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 49 People

    2003 - the Summer of the Fires

    In the summer of 2003 a huge area  of British Columbia was engulfed in wildfires.  It was a terrible, traumatic experience for thousands of people, residents and rescuers alike.  I have never written about this before, not even in my journal, because just after it had...
    NANSELTAR NANSELTAR 61-65, F 2 Responses Apr 13, 2008

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    Well, More Than Once

    I have experienced two hurricanes Hugo and Georges.  Hugo was the first hurricane to strike PR in 28 years so a generation was unprepared for it; I was 19 at the time.  We put a wood panel on the front windows but the wind took it off and the windows were expose to any...
    jc2009 jc2009 41-45, M 4 Responses Oct 10, 2010

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    Tornado

    I lived in MO close to St. Louis for a few years and that time has given me a fear of tornadoes. The first time the sirens went of we were playing video games at our house with a friend and we all thought they were police sirens. The second time we knew what they were. We stayed...
    IngridMuller IngridMuller 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 30, 2013

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    Barely

    I don't mean I barely survived; I mean I barely qualify to be in this group. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I've been through many hurricanes, but none of them that seriously endangered me, or my property.  I've been airlifted out of my flooded home by helicopter, but it was...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M May 21, 2009

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    Iowa Flood Victim, Still Trying to Survive

    Hello Everyone, my name is Michelle and I'm only 22 years old. My story is a long one and I hope you all take the time to read it. I've made a website with my story and photos of the home I lost and that I'm still struggling to pay for along with my current house payment... http...
    flood08victim flood08victim 22-25 1 Response May 28, 2009

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    "my House Is A Disaster And So Is My Life" When And How Do I Regain Control"?

    I haven't had a Clean house in Years. I don't have the energy or drive to get up and do anything. ( Even if I didn't have a broken hip ) I don't think things would change much..I stopped wearing makeup some time ago, And stopped fixing my hair. Iv'e just given up on 'everything...
    Anto815 Anto815 46-50, F 1 Response Aug 16, 2011

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    4/27/11 Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    It was a hot day for April, and a busy one. The torrent of work for the end of the semester was hitting, and, frankly, I wasn't sure if I was going to get it all done. I had been called in to open at work, delivering pizza. We were slammed all day, reports of the tornadoes...
    solowing solowing 22-25, M Apr 27, 2012

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    Gotta Love Huricane Parties

    Katrina was close, we didn't get hit too hard though. Rita hit us dead on, the eye went over us. Ike hit hard too. Before 2005 I had lived in south east Texas my whole life and never saw a hurricane... then I got 3 in a row.
    Rinoa8 Rinoa8 22-25, F 1 Response Jan 24, 2011

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    Barely

    I don't mean I barely survived; I mean I barely qualify to be in this group. Growing up on the Gulf Coast, I've been through many hurricanes, but none of them that seriously endangered me, or my property.  I've been airlifted out of my flooded home by helicopter, but it was...
    EBunbury EBunbury 46-50, M May 21, 2009

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    Earthquake

    I survived a 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday. 113 confirmed dead but still counted, and around 250 people still missing.  The amazing thing is i should have been in town at the but my friend was running late to pick me up. I ended up being the front door way of my home...
    CrackedNut CrackedNut 18-21, F 4 Responses Feb 24, 2011

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    Many Times

    I ahve served with the American Red Cross Disaster Services for many years so have been in on recovery from natural disasters. But in 1995, I was living in North Georgia and was directly effected by a Blizzard. I went to one of the disaster shelters, only to discover that the...
    Raibeart Raibeart 51-55, M 9 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    Far Away, Long Ago Glowing Dim As An Ember

    My family has lived through a natural disaster alright. Two of them as a matter of fact: Hurricane and Earthquakes. The Hurricane was Hurricane Andrew of 1992 when it sweeped through Florida. My twin and I were just kids, we didn't get the gravity of what was going on. Not until...
    Whitelighter5 Whitelighter5 26-30, F Nov 18, 2012

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    One Disaster After Another!

    Years ago, I lived in Japan. Once on guard duty we had a Typhoon hit ripping sheets of steel lose and throwing them around like frisbees. I abandoned my station to hide behind a stone wall to save my life. Another time I was in a movie theater sitting in the balcony with my feet...
    dorobo dorobo 70+, M 4 Responses Apr 16, 2008

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    Sunri Sunri 26-30 Feb 5

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    Related Experiences

    ...... and lived to tell the tale. Actually, I slept through it and woke up to an eerie silence. It was odd. Couldn't get to work because there were trees blocking the road. Couldn...
    Moonpenny Moonpenny 46-50, F 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    Yep. And we debate instead of stopping it. Inflation that wrecks families. Abuse of power. Military actions that hurt our boys. Profit topping health. Justice...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Sep 19

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    I personally believe Ragnarok hasn't happened yet but I am determined to change the prophecy and make through it.
    ValhallaAwaits ValhallaAwaits 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 20

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    I lived in a tent for a couple months with my ex. We lost everything due to drugs. It really makes you appreciate everything so much more when you have nothing
    brandijade92 brandijade92 18-21, F Sep 21

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    Ok this a long text to my husband I felt like I needed to let this out. Excuse my language also, I only do it when I'm mad. I ******* spend 42 hours in the hospital 42 trying...
    Melissa0326 Melissa0326 18-21 1 Response Sep 20

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    I Am Getting Bored Of Humanity And myself. All of it. I don't want to act. Or to step up to the plate and "become" something. I just want to chill out. And be whatever I am. I feel...
    brushfirefairytales brushfirefairytales 26-30, F Sep 21

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    Far too much and far too much caused by me Three wives and still married to the third who used to be abusive when she drank, three kids who ignore me completely. Lost everything...
    Thesoutherner Thesoutherner 66-70, M Sep 15

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    Abuse of power. Medication damage. Republicans. Slander. Taxes. Hostile work environment. Wrongful termination. Invalidation. Blatant Discrimination...
    Livyn4pals Livyn4pals 46-50, M Sep 19

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    Right though I mean just for this teen part of my life I don't regret how I spend my sad little days -,-
    BabyDuchanne BabyDuchanne 16-17, F Sep 6

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    I've lied about a lot of things in the past, now I've learnt from my mistakes:)
    xgirlyx xgirlyx 13-15, F Sep 1

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    Always go with the choice that scares you the most, because that's the one that is going to require the most from you.
    charmee26 charmee26 31-35, F 1 Response Sep 15

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    It's never easy but hey never bieve any thing that causes you to feel down. Only keep a positive attitude about yourself.
    babyglp babyglp 46-50, M Sep 21

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    In school mostly.... Kids huh
    sashakimi4 sashakimi4 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 21

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    When people found out I was gay, they weren't so nice. I was jumped at school and would come home bruised up, they would call me names, and even my friends wouldn't talk to me, but...
    lexybear32 lexybear32 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 21

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    Just sitting here wondering if 2015 will be a better year for me. Although it's 2014, part of 2013 was when things started getting ******, it seems as if maybe things may be...
    Here4u72 Here4u72 41-45, M 3 days ago

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    Me babbling . Sometime we feel like the world is coming to an end, because of our own personal apocalypse . Our insecurities and emotions are a natural disaster waiting to be...
    Princeofthesky Princeofthesky 18-21, M 1 Response Sep 20

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    Do you think natural disasters and wars will ruin the earth beyond repair?
    Tuesdaygone Tuesdaygone 41-45, F 4 Responses Sep 7

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    05/09/2007 - Old Tokyo 1765 I see a vision Blurred by the unknown How do I stop this I'm Takeshida a store owner Clutching a pulse cannon clash of era's Wandering aimlessly Zombies...
    PoeticMute PoeticMute 31-35, M Sep 14

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    Throughout my marriage my husband has been unfaithful in some sort of way. He would make online profiles on adultfriendfinder and other adult dating sites to talk to women. We have...
    elle1640 elle1640 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 9

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    Because i was in one myself for several years. He abused me as my bf, and i believed him when he said he would change and control his temper. I believed him so completely that i...
    violet1698 violet1698 31-35, F Sep 18

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    A rain drop falls into my palm, and I feel its moisture for a second before it dries up to nothing, never known by anyone else that one drop existed.. No snowflake is alike, every...
    TheNeverendingLlama TheNeverendingLlama 18-21, M 5 Responses Sep 21

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    I always have felt that natural beauty is much more simple and clean I do wear mascara and eyeliner sometimes. but I don't understand how some woman wear inches of foundation and...
    marilynnrox marilynnrox 18-21, F 3 Responses Sep 6

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    In April 2012, I was diagnosed with stage 2b breast cancer. I had surgery to remove the lump and the sentinel lymph node. My surgeon took about 5 nodes and 4 were positive for...
    Natassa69 Natassa69 51-55, F 1 Response Sep 18

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    Ok well basically a couple months ago i was on the train and for not really any good reason apart from the fact that this guy had a big duffle sports bag, and slammed it on the...
    Helloreiko Helloreiko 18-21 Sep 21

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    I have lived with anxiety for longer than I can honestly remember, I am fine around people that I know and enjoy company with, but when it is someone I hardly know at all, I begin...
    Prevaricator Prevaricator 16-17 Sep 7

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    I was not born with a whole brain. I was born physically disabled and physically able. I have been given natural talents and special inside gifts. I do not look disabled to many...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Sep 11

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    So much built up tension was released the other day, i had so much going round in my head and it had to all come out. I have sat for 15 years and observed, and listened and taken...
    Gentleandlovingsoul Gentleandlovingsoul 36-40, F Sep 12

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    I have hunted ghost. I have lived in three haunted homes. I regret to inform those who think it can be explained is just not ready for reality. I have pictures and I have...
    drob8it drob8it 41-45, M Sep 16

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    Since I was little I've known my great grandparents came to the us from Croatia in the early 1900,s.. Bought a farm and had 7 children 1 being my grandma. They did teach their kids...
    kacyleu78 kacyleu78 31-35, F Sep 17

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    The first was when I was working in a small Hospital. I had got to know one of the patients well and we always had a little chat about the book she was reading because she was...
    chrissie58 chrissie58 46-50, F 3 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have lived in a 3rd world country right here in the US.
    khewster khewster 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    To be completely fair and honest we all have been through shitloads in our lifetimes. It's not usual to hear someone going through hardship, and it's typically casual and if not...
    stevan456 stevan456 13-15, M Sep 1

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    When I was 16, my boyfriend beat and raped me. Afterwards, I asked, "Why did you do that?" and he said, "To make you feel dirty so you won't be a **** anymore."I thought I loved...
    InnerGuidance InnerGuidance 26-30, F 13 Responses Sep 7

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    I want to begin this by saying that I was once a completely normal girl. I grew up in a house with a yard, two parents who were hard workers and a lazy pet dog. I never got into...
    Naivegirl0963 Naivegirl0963 26-30, F 6 Responses Sep 2

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