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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 49 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sunri Sunri 26-30 Feb 5

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Related Experiences

    It was a difficult time in my life. I think they call it a midlife crisis. Having recently gone through the divorce, I was unhappy with my life - bored, tired... alone. So many...
    esmeraldream esmeraldream 26-30, F 31 mins ago

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    A year ago I found out that the reason for this is that my 'husband' is a sex addict and has been screwing hordes of other women and prostitutes. PUKE!!!! I find myself with three...
    shanm shanm 46-50, F 2 Responses Apr 9

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    so here i am.i have.not posted on ep before but i hope i can be of some inspiration. life for me used to be hard as a child i was abused both emotionally and sexually.i was...
    strongerandwiser strongerandwiser 22-25, F 1 Response Mar 25

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    This past months were not easy at all. I wanted to die so many times. Inside I felt empty sometimes sad. I knew that my problem was because my heart was torn between what was and...
    888ob 888ob 31-35, F Apr 14

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    My husbands suddenly gone from healthy to not healthy at all. He is scheduled for open heart surgery next week and I'm just shocked. We have been struggling with bills since he was...
    crystalkat crystalkat 51-55, F Apr 15

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    "Two possibilities exist: either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C. Clark We are not alone in the Universe. Humans are just...
    mafields mafields 41-45, F 1 Response Apr 11

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    I was at summer camp one week with the other boy scouts. We were doing canoe training, and it was going pretty well. There were two people in each canoe, and all of us had to...
    DarksBane DarksBane 13-15, M Apr 3

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    hey people im new here and decided to join :) hope i can make some friends
    angelgonewrong angelgonewrong 13-15, F Apr 10

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    I know what it's like to love someone so much , and then in seconds it's all gone . I've been threw drinking , and smoking just to hope one day it will all go away . My girlfriend...
    pastaddicted pastaddicted 16-17, F Apr 14

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    We think we know right from wrong but we don't. We have our laws and our regulations and our expectations, social or otherwise and they change all the time. Laws are added and...
    T4RD15 T4RD15 26-30 2 Responses Mar 27

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    I have lived an tormenting life of everything from physical and mental abuse. To now living a life of still challenges till the day I die. Don't get me wrong,life hasn't been all...
    Haunted5 Haunted5 56-60, F Apr 4

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    I grew up in the center of two warring parents. Two stubborn pigheaded people who not once thought of putting aside their differences so that I could possibly have some semblance...
    AGothicOdyssey AGothicOdyssey 46-50, M 4 Responses Mar 25

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    Take a Hike,Play in Traffic,Just Get the **** Out of My Life- Because I avoid drama like the plague I am not on any social media websites. If I actually want to keep contact with a...
    StandoffishBrat StandoffishBrat 18-21 1 Response Apr 14

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    I'm not in anyway socially, financially, or mentally deprived. I live with an average family. Thinking I have nothing to complain because some were even less fortunate than me...
    DreamerCost DreamerCost 16-17, M 4 days ago

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    My whole life I have never lived at the same place for longer then three years. I have moved from family member to family member, county to county, and state to state. Sometimes by...
    whodidthat1296 whodidthat1296 18-21, M Mar 29

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    As I am older now I look back at all my mistakes,and can't believe I lived through it all,but it has strengthened me,and I was naive in a lot of my situations,but now I believe I'm...
    dimples62 dimples62 51-55 2 Responses Mar 28

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    I was diagnosed with depression at eight years old and have lived with it in such a way that it has crippled nearly every aspect of my life. I have never been on medication to help...
    Scorpio018 Scorpio018 26-30, M 1 Response Mar 26

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    Naked and Scarred They found her on the mountains, a most unusual looking creature. She was wandering alone. Searching for something they think, singing or humming a strange tune...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Apr 2

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    I am now age 27 hairstylist. When I was 8 years old my mom, 2 older half-sisters and I were involved in a car accident that left my mom paralyzed. I stayed with my Grandparents for...
    Linn6 Linn6 26-30, F 1 Response Apr 12

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    Since i've been young, my mother has always been drinking. It wasn't that much whilst i was younger but i wish i had not been have to do the things i did. I have multiple stories...
    Soldottern Soldottern 16-17, F 1 Response a week ago

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    Starting at a young age I felt alone, empty, and misunderstood. It was such a normal feeling I almost didn't realize it wasn't "normal". What was wrong with me? ADD? Depression...
    certzjbd23 certzjbd23 22-25, F 3 Responses Mar 31

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    I have not been diagnosed. However, lately I started looking up more information about anxiety disorders. I'm 31 and have been shy and quiet my entire life. I thought it was...
    CamillaRhodes CamillaRhodes 31-35, F 2 days ago

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    When I was little I was in pain my step mom tryed to kill me so many times I kept telling myself it will end but the pain never did on my forhead I have the picture of my past all...
    Moonspear Moonspear 18-21, F 1 Response 7 hrs ago

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    I'm moving to college in the fall and I'm scared. I have no idea what I am suppose to take with me other than clothes and such. What things do I need to buy to take? My parents...
    TheWaySheFeels3 TheWaySheFeels3 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 26

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    Yesterday morning I was listening to praise music before we left to help out at the church office. There are three lines that deeply touched my heart. After everything I have...
    RhodeIslandLady RhodeIslandLady 56-60, F Mar 29

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    Why would i bother? In finding happiness? In finding love? All of those things Have gone by, faded away Why would i bother Thinking of a mate a knight who'll sweep me of my feet...
    PartyPoison04 PartyPoison04 13-15, F 1 Response Mar 29

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    For a little over a year I have been trying to explain the reasons and motivations behind the way I have lived my life since I married my husband. I have never been able to explain...
    isis55 isis55 56-60, F 1 Response Mar 31

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    Several years ago, I was at a professional women's basketball game, and I noticed one of the assistant coaches. She really stood out as a phenomenal beauty, and I remember for the...
    Silenthawk Silenthawk 46-50, M 6 Responses Apr 1

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    I served in the Army from 1977 to 1990. I was a Military Policeman 95B. I spent my time traveling year to year all over the world. I have seen or done just about anything you could...
    babyboomer58 babyboomer58 51-55, M 2 Responses Apr 9

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    I need to get this off my chest and there's absolutely no one I can talk to about this. I have lived in this plain, boring town for the last 6 years. At first it was not too bad...
    svetlanamoncada svetlanamoncada 31-35, F Apr 14

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    If I look back at my life I do break down a lot but it's made me a stronger believer and a strong person n now when I look back I think I can understand a lot more then before and...
    RaniFkayy RaniFkayy 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 25

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    Man people always say this phrase "I am going through he'll in my life" so often but really to be honest I can really say that about me. As of right now my mom has cancer, I...
    Colpaige Colpaige 16-17, M 1 Response Apr 13

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    My mother is amazing! Her sister ( my auntie) was diagnosed with a brain tumour and it was awful my family has already been struggling. It was tough on everyone especially her...
    Luce13579 Luce13579 16-17, F Apr 12

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    The rumors people had spread about me were horrible. The "popular girls" of my six grad. had told everyone that I m*sturbated in class. This went on for the whole year and everyone...
    Alice1998 Alice1998 13-15, F 1 Response 8 hrs ago

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    2014 with MIL so far, At the start of the year, MIL is now calling relatives and friends a lot with messages about not being alive much longer. End of January she is now doing...
    AwayFromHer AwayFromHer 36-40 2 Responses Mar 29

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    I am stronger because I have been through a lot with my dad. I'm sure many people say this but I say it especially because he was/is a United States Marine. It's very hard somedays...
    Alabama780 Alabama780 18-21, M Mar 31

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    My problem with getting this diagnosis was that I used to not like the fact that everyone gets labels. I mean, I still feel like certain terms get thrown around way too casually...
    showusyoursouls showusyoursouls 18-21, F Apr 1

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    As I type this tonight, I find myself wishing I could turn back the clock and yet i realize that we are all here in this moment for a reason. From me writing this to you reading...
    PeterBGood PeterBGood 36-40, M 1 Response Apr 5

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    My best friend of 15 years and I designed this tattoo ourselves. It means something to us, throughout high school we studied Japanese together, by our senior year the two of us...
    lozza568 lozza568 22-25 Apr 14

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