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PLEASE READ concerning the tornado in joplin missouri and stan from reality impaired records.

Posted on June 20, 2011 at 5:59 PM

I MENT TO POST THIS SOON AFTER 06/07/11 BUT DUE TO A BAD INTERNET CONNECTION I COULDNT TIL NOW............ ANYWAYS THIS IS FROM STAN BOMAN OF REALITY IMPAIRED RECORDS. SEND WELL WISHES TO realityimpairedrec@yahoo.com

-mike

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Ok, I am attempting to update and inform everyone at once,of our plans, current state-of-mind, and the tornado that ravaged Joplin on May 22nd. Please post this on your facebook and myspace pages and forward it to people so everyone who is interested can read it . So much devastation over the town...so many people dead or horribly injured...

 

And my room was intact after the tornado, everything on the shelves. How am I supposed to feel boxing up cds while outside the window they are searching for bodies?? And especially since Karrie's room is GONE, no walls, nothing. She lost just about all of her precious things. I know that I am doing something right and will continue with this underground music thing for the rest of my life. Some of my best friends are in this community, and it's good to get so much support from everyone.

 

WHAT WAS IT LIKE?? (THE TORNADO)

 

It was a normal Sunday night, I had just arrived home and our friend Ryan from Utah was in town just stopping by for the evening (perfect timing, huh?) The sirens came on outside and we turned on the TV to watch the news and radar. The tornado was starting to form. We knew how close it was, since the TV stations are just down the street. The newscasters became more and more serious, saying "You might want to take cover" and escallating into nearly screaming "TAKE COVER NOW NOW NOW!!!!!!!!" The power went out, we took cover in an interior hallway, with our 2 cats and with couch-cusions over our heads......and it hit. We could hear glass breaking and the house being torn-apart, I kept repeating "Why is this taking so long?" It seemed like forever It was 20 minutes. Much longer than it should have been. Then when it was over, we walked into the street to see the town in shambles. It was horrifying. To imagine the devastaion, go outside and face North. Think about what is one mile (or kilometer, which is slightly longer than 1 mile.),what landmarks are there, etc. Then face East and picture SIX MILES. Square it out in your head and imagine it ALL obliterated.

SOME FACTS ABOUT THE TORNADO

 

This was an EF5 tornado, in other words, the biggest. Only 1 in 1,000 tornados become this big, and when they do, they usually travel at 40-50 miles per hour. This one travelled at 20 mph !!!! So it just sat and destroyed with 200 mph winds indide of it. This was the most damage caused by a SINGLE TORNADO in usa history. More debris scattered than the twin towers. To put it in terms that the Californians will understand, this was San Fransisco 1906.

This was THE BIG ONE. We were fortunate to survive. One block from us, the houses were levelled. There was a big oak tree in our front yard which was TWISTED off the stump. Not uprooted, but TWISTED OFF!! And the big steel dumpster from McDonald's was thrown over 500 feet into our back yard. Papers from Joplin have been found over Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana.

PTSD This is a real thing that everyone here is going through. We are all walking around like zombies. Good thing we didn't go to California right away after the tornado, since no one outside this town can understand what we have been through. I go into a store in another part of town and people can see the trauma in my eyes and go out of their way to be helpful. Then I will see it on other people's faces and know they must have lost their houses too. 2,000 buildings were destroyed, 8,000 buildings were damaged. We have seen emergency councillors at the Red Cross, and were told we need to get more councilling soon. We are suffering 2 different traumas, living through that thing and then walking out to see the destruction, and at the time not knowing how far it extended.

OUR PLANS FOR THE YEAR

 

Soon we will go to California to be with Karrie's family, then we will go to Salt Lake City to get an apartment set-up. Then we are going on a road-trip over the summer to see our friends and family around the country. Then on to Utah again for the winter. Anyone that wishes to help us out can do so by sending stamps so I can get Reality Impaired up and going again this winter. Or by sending anything to help us on the road over the summer. The PO Box is still good. Stan Boman, PO Box 1285, Joplin, MO, 64802, usa. Thanx so much to everyone that has helped us out and been supportive! You rule!!! - More later. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Stan

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Reply arty flores
11:55 PM on November 16, 2012 
Hey Stan , just found this and glad to know your relatively okay.