Natural disasters abound on every corner of this earth. With reliable forewarning, some disasters are easier to keep safe from than others, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, and floods where we instinctively know which direction gets us out of harm’s way. Tornado country residents shelter in place when they hear the siren. We’re even making progress on early warning systems for earthquakes. You can‘t forecast wildfire, and you can’t get to safety if you don’t know where it is and what direction the wind is taking it. Plus, that direction can change in an instant.
Fear is sitting in the dark in fire country during a wind event without power, landline or cell phone coverage, and finding out that the broadband emergency radio station that you thought was working is not. So you tune in your radio to a local station and hear about evacuations in and around Oroville and wonder if you should be worried. You go to bed at 2 a.m. but don’t sleep. Finally, you get up at 7:30 a.m., thinking it must be maybe 5:00 a.m. because it’s completely dark outside. That’s fear, folks — real fear.
This pandemic is a worldwide disaster. We don’t know everything about it, but we know how to keep safe from it as best we can. None of us know what our world will look like when this is over, but let’s not confuse fear for our life with missing the past, resisting the present, and dreading the future.
— Marcella Seay, Magalia