It is estimated that more than 800 tornadoes have struck the United States in April, setting a new record. The previous record number of tornadoes during the month of April was 267 set in 1974. The previous record number of tornadoes during any month was 542 set in May 2003. The extent of the damage cannot be yet calculated but it is certainly safe to label the storms as a catastrophe.
Just two days of the storms on April 28th and 29th caused 346 deaths and rising and thousands injured, making this one event the third deadliest tornado outbreak on record. Thousands have been left homeless and in some instances the nearest shelter is as far as fifty miles away.
This is truly an American catastrophe of biblical proportions. But at least we are not alone to face the tragedy as it has not been forgotten that we Americans are always the first to come to the aid of our fellow human beings in every location around the planet.
There is presently a Japanese air craft carrier and hospital ship stationed in the Gulf of Mexico which is providing humanitarian aid, food, water, tents, and air transport to the hospital ship for the worst injured. Money is pouring in from the Middle East as their people are generously opening their hearts and wallets to the victims of the tornadoes. And the South Koreans have sent 30,000 troops to secure our southern border so that our National Guard can be freed to help in the humanitarian effort. NOT!!!
As mentioned earlier there is no limit to what the United States will do or the money we will spend in aiding other countries in crisis, and even in paying for and fighting wars for them if that is what they want, but when we are faced with crisis we are expected to roll up our sleeves and take care of ourselves. That is not to say that the victims of the tornadoes will not be receiving United States federal aid. It is just saying that the aid will be coming exclusively from their fellow Americans.
I know I was deceptive with the heading of this article when I said the world comes to America’s aid, but then maybe I wasn’t, as the world readily comes to America’s aid to get it, not to give it.