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By Mona Lease

Hi, all!! Hurricane Harvey...Hurricane Irma...Hurricane Jose...Hurricane Katia....Tropical Storm...tide heights...death counts...no electricity...no running water...Houston, Texas...Louisiana...Miami, Florida...the Keys...Puerto Rico...Cuba...the East Coast...the Caribbean...northern Ohio...the list seems endless.

A friend of mine - from Darke County - is with the Red Cross. She took specialized training a scant six months ago to be able to go anywhere in the USA to lend aid. She is in Florida as I pen this. Her last report was that they were all (a combined Red Cross crew of seven) headed to Naples, Florida. Naples is on the west coast...just about to the bottom of the Florida peninsula. It sets just about directly across from Fort Lauderdale...which is on the east coast of Florida.

Much of Florida is without electricity or running water. Many of our local television stations are covering these hurricanes...and possible tornados from the hurricanes  I personally saw Florida's governor...Rick Scott...say on tv...that he speaks almost daily with President Trump. Scott reports that President Trump said he will give Florida whatever they need.

Admittedly...some things that have happened don't make much sense. An airline company from Florida reportedly "parked" their planes at the Dayton Airport for "safe-keeping."  Then I heard that our US Air Force flew planes down to Florida (Keys??) to evacuate those who had no where else to go. (I can't substantiate this.). However - www.military.com reports that our Air Force flew four C-17 Globemaster 111 airplanes (carrying a total of 300 Drs) to Florida.

The point of this column is this: Don't keep sitting in front of the tv/computer/radio and listening to all of this for hours on end. I know a girl who told me she was up for two days smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee "to keep prepared." She has a smartphone - programmable like a computer. She has it set to give her alerts when any of these hurricanes move...how fast they move...where they are headed...when they might arrive at their destination....possible death tolls...when you should have left your area...when the last possible time to safely leave your area would be, etc. She can get all of this information and still chat on the phone!!

She told me there was a video posted on Facebook showing a woman reporter standing outside telling what people should and should not do. The wind is blowing really hard and suddenly a stop sign (flat side) hits her on the side of the face and she is gone from the screen...end of video. The woman who told me this believes this is a true story.

I watched this video. At the top of the frame there is information telling what the video contains. It said "Video Shop." This means that the video is not real...it is made up...it is a spoof. No television station would put a crew member in danger. If someone were to be seriously harmed or killed that way...there would be a lawsuit that F Lee Baily would love to add to his credit (if he is still alive).

Also beware of people calling you for money to send to Florida....any emails that want money or other personal information...any letters/cards, etc you receive through the US Postal Service  that want money or personal information. I spoke with the Darke County Sheriff's Department. No one from their office will call you/come to your home wanting money/personal information to send to Florida or anywhere else. I spoke with the Greenville Police Department. No one from their office will call you/come to your home wanting money or other personal information to send to Florida or anywhere else. I spoke with the Darke County Chapter of the American Red Cross. No one from their office will call you/come to your home wanting money or personal information to send to Florida or anywhere else. You may call the Red cross at 937-548-1002. You may go to their office to make a monetary donation or see how else you might be able to help.

Rick Scott - Florida's Governor - said: "If you want to help us (Florida)...pray."  For those of you who pray...pray. For those of you who believe in "soul power"...now would be a good time to give some. For those of you who believe in "good vibrations"...send a few.

"Synergy" is defined as: "The interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects."

Florida, Louisiana, Texas, the East Coast, Ohio, and others: From all of us in Darke County and all who read/hear this column...we send you our synergy!!

Remember the kiddies and our service people. Take good care of the furry and feathered ones out there. Be safe and healthy. See ya next time. Ever Toodles!!! MONA


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