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I Have Lived Through a Natural Disaster

Personal Stories, Advice, and Support 48 People

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Sunri Sunri 26-30 Feb 5

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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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    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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    "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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    Related Experiences

    Well this year has been quite the ride , I been to jail , lost my job, went to rehab, May or may not have a girlfriend idk? Going threw a custody battle , fighting the union for...
    spanishjay spanishjay 26-30, M Oct 28

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    Lately I've been having this feeling of dislocation like I'm not supposed to be here like by being alive I'm being distracted by what I'm supposed to be. I don't know who I am I...
    Ihelpbutneedhelptoo Ihelpbutneedhelptoo 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 1

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    Not as much as some. But recurring like them. Became glad for broken trailer. And disability pay. Didnt bring ok. But got me through bad symptoms. Stronger...
    OddlyScintilating OddlyScintilating 46-50, M 3 days ago

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    I love it when they happen. Not for the people obviously...but I think the awesome power of "mother nature" is something to behold. She is firmly in charge and always will be!
    ultimatehacker ultimatehacker 26-30, M Nov 6

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    Behind every beautiful woman ; there is a boy who did her wrong and made her strong <3
    Snnowflake Snnowflake 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 8

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    Never underestimate a persons ability to make YOU feel guilty about THEIR mistakes !
    Snnowflake Snnowflake 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 14

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    1992 w/ my au t Mary Lou. :-)
    racistdick racistdick 41-45 2 days ago

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    Mandatory military service for two years, then I actually volunteered to train for another 2 years....-_- sad to say I hated most of it. But the food was good...well, the food we...
    jjangjae jjangjae 22-25, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    I have lived a disastrous life... I was the only beautiful thing amidst the chaos and the turbulence! So do you want a roller coaster ride with someone as beautiful as me? Gotta...
    0nOpalsMind 0nOpalsMind 41-45, F 1 Response Nov 13

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    I had my first kiss at 19, in second year university. That was a long time ago now and I’ve lived through a few more romances and relationships. Two official relationships and a...
    Nyxii Nyxii 22-25, F 3 Responses Nov 2

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    About two weeks ago, I had a wierd dream. I was in a room, it was bery dark there. I'm not sure if it was me. But it felt like me. As I was the person. But I was dark and couldn't...
    OKPunk OKPunk 18-21, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    23298 Ladrillo St, WOODLAND HILLS, Los Angeles, California IN 1972 i lived in this house in woodland hills and it was haunted!!!!!!!!!!! 16 different times "things" happened if...
    tembeer tembeer 46-50, M 1 Response Oct 30

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    I have five alters that I keep in check for the most part, one of them has been acting up lately because he represents my sexual side and my dad's girlfriend's son is hot, add that...
    idenmarshals idenmarshals 18-21, M 1 Response Oct 31

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    We have lived a full live and have many regrets. We wish we spent more time with our children. We wish we lived life with less fear. We wish people could know the real us. We wish...
    4in1 4in1 36-40 1 Response Nov 10

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    Something so eerie and peaceful. Walking amongst all those people, all those lives, all those stories. Its like an explosion of emotion and history to think they're all missed...
    Gemma1990 Gemma1990 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 8

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    Mostly they are about stuff I done out of bravery and lived through it. Still to this day...it's hard to believe I did.
    Sheismybestfriend Sheismybestfriend 31-35, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    I have lived my whole adult life battling overwhelming daytime sleepiness and nighttime sleeplessness and for years doctors told me I was just depressed, until I feel asleep at the...
    EmperorJulian EmperorJulian 46-50, M Oct 29

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    I have lived in Germany, South Korea, Japan and the US. I have traveled to Canada, several Caribbean islands, Puerto Rico and England. Hopefully someday I will get to explore some...
    LOMD LOMD 31-35, M 4 Responses a week ago

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    I will watch you, for my dark admiration of you feeds me,I will make you see little things in your world to make you think about me, seep into your thoughts, conquer your dreams...
    SassyBabe39 SassyBabe39 41-45, F a week ago

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    I work with endocrinology patients. This may help some of you, so I would like to put it out there.I would like to take a moment to share a new research article with you that...
    kmr9346 kmr9346 22-25, F Nov 19

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    Hi all!I would like to take a moment to share a new research article with you that highlights the connection between thyroid inflammation (autoimmune thyroid diseases like...
    kmr9346 kmr9346 22-25, F Nov 19

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    I unfortunately lost both my parents at a very young age and have no memories of them other than photos and at the age of 21 I outlived my mam and am due to outlive my dad within...
    miikal379 miikal379 18-21, M Nov 3

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    Hi everyone! My name is Allie and I have recently been diagnosed with DI (Oct. 5th 2013). My story actually starts 5 years prior though, to May of 2009. The year of 2009 was a...
    elliemay2013 elliemay2013 18-21, F Nov 8

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    I got diagnosed with Rheumatoid/Reactive Arthritis in early 2012 aged 16 however my specialist now thinks I may have had it since birth. I have been through sulfasalazine...
    darlingbec darlingbec 18-21, F Nov 14

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    I am NOT ASHAMED! And I never will be. I was a Prophetess and He create them as bold. He gives them boldness. I WILL NEVER, EVER BE ASHAMED! I will not. Please talk to your family...
    TracyNovember62014 TracyNovember62014 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 18

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    I have been this way since I was 12 Yrs old, due to my parents divorcing and me having to live in 2 other towns at different times. I became suicidal at age 15 and that lasted up...
    psychologicallydamaged psychologicallydamaged 41-45, F 6 days ago

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    I am so glad that I have people that are looking out for me and helping me. I don't think I could have gotten through today with out the help of two of my friends. Life has taken a...
    Madhatter135 Madhatter135 18-21, F Oct 30

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    My best friend has been in my life for 30 years. We started as boyfriend and girlfriend but we were young and ended up just being friends. I love him to death though. We have been...
    happybbw happybbw 41-45, F Nov 3

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    I want a bf that I can play games with or have fun through the ups and does and one that I can always cuddle with
    blakenicholls blakenicholls 13-15, M 1 Response Nov 11

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    There are some awesome people in my circle. All have been through things and still have a sense of humor. I would love to have dinner and drinks with any of them. All have...
    SilverPagan SilverPagan 51-55, M 1 Response Nov 18

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    things I have went through no one knows about I wear a mask to hide my emotions so no one sees how much it hurts me
    neonpinkcupcakelover neonpinkcupcakelover 16-17, F 2 Responses Nov 19

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    I don't know how many times I have been in the hospital, but I have been through 26 brain surgeries, 2 seizures and a grand-mal seizure. I got kicked in the head by a colt (or...
    deademotion11 deademotion11 22-25, M Nov 19

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    I've been away from EP for a few months. I'm still desperate for human connection but have run through all my usual distractions, only to be here again feeling empty.
    noodleloaf noodleloaf 36-40, M 2 Responses 6 days ago