Friday, March 11, 2011


Hi Everyone!
Wowowowow what an exciting morning. And NOT in a fun way. So here is my story. I woke up around 3 AM with a headache. I got up to make some hot water and take migraine meds. I went back to bed and Mike was up. All of a sudden we here the Tsunami warning signal.  We waited a minuted to see if it would turn off and play the all clear song. I looked at Mike as he looked at me and I said, "This might be serious." We got up and looked out the window to see that all of our neighbors were loading their cars and heading out. It truly looked like something out of a movie. We grabbed our clothes and headed for the truck. There was a volunteer walking the streets that told us there was a Tsunami coming but we had a few hours. So we packed a bag, and some extra food. We already keep a survival pack in our truck and car. So off to higher ground. That happens to be the Florence Event Center for us. Then it was all about waiting. Around 11AM we got an all clear. I will say with pride that the city of Florence and all the volunteers had this running as smooth as can be. The residence of Florence were all courteous and really very calm. Hurraayyy!!! one for Florence. LOL  Of course we are not out of the woods yet and everyone is on alert.
Here are a few photos of where we were. Just so you know, I live 1/2 mile from the river and 2 miles from the ocean beach. Our house is right in the Tsunami inundation area. As one official, that lives one block from me, said, "If we get hit our houses are toast."
We are safe for now.
Thanks for the emails, comments and all the positive energy.

As for the photos, I didn't think it right to take pictures of people. It was a pretty stressful morning.

Can't get back home

That tall guy in the red shirt is Mike

There were about 500 residence that showed up

The Events Center is only about 200 feet elevation

Honor and Integrity in Life in Art


  1. Wow-- I know I thought of you last night at 11:00 when I saw the Tsunami hit Japan on the news- I got a quick email from a Nephew that lives in Hawaii that he was headed for higher ground and that he had heard it was headed for the pacific coast. I'll bet it is a very surreal feeling seeing all of your neighbors loading up and knowing that its not a drill! Glad all is well there --Hope that its stays that way--

  2. Glat to hear it's "all clear." Unfortunately for the others it is not. We pray for them. take care.

  3. Nicole, I am so happy to hear that you are safe! I thought and worried about you all day as I drove to Massachusetts to pick up our daughter. Such a scary day for you and Mike!

  4. so relieved everything is ok for you for now!

  5. So glad you are ok...I can only imagine since I live quite a way inland. Knock on earthquakes....knock on wood again!

  6. So thankful you and your family are safe. I was so shocked at the devastation and then the fear of what could happen to you on the west coast. I have an aunt, uncle, cousins that live in Northern California, and if the earthquake factor isn't scary enough, you all have to live with this fear. They used to visit Oregon frequently, my uncle loved it. They are now too old to travel, and cannot even make it back home to Mississippi. Hope your weekend is peaceful. God bless you!

  7. Holy crap! That's scary! Glad to hear you are ok and all is clear!

    We go thru that with forest fires. Twice it came as close as 3/4 of a mile away.

    Sending angels and positive energy your way!

  8. I am so glad to read that you are well and sound.
    Now my prayers are with all those affected by the earthquake and tsunami and their families.

  9. I'm glad you and Mike are safe and sound.

  10. So happy to hear you and Mike are ok. Such a scarey thing to go thru! I guess I will quit complaining about our snowstorms now. Sending you and yours huge hugs!!

  11. oh my, what a scary experience to realize you could lose your home. i'm so glad all is well for you. so many others have been affected badly.

  12. So glad that you live in a town like that and that you heeded the warning! Breathing a sigh of relief for sure!


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