From Disaster Volunteer to Tornado Victim

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LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - The next time Rob Rolf finds himself at a disaster scene, comforting distraught victims, he'll be able to say, "I've know what you're going through." After a tornado struck the Bay Hill Neighborhood in Clements last week, the Limestone County Red Cross Chairman found himself for the first time on the receiving end of help.

The retired military man, who also deploys to disaster zones as a FEMA reservist, calls it "a humbling experience." Fortunately, he and his wife, also a Red Cross volunteer, were prepared. As the tornado moved closer to Limestone County, the family sought shelter in the basement of their home on Bay Hill Drive. Once the storm reached Courtland, about five miles away, they moved to what Rolf calls their "hard shelter" - a back basement room stocked with enough food and emergency supplies for several days.

The event, along with the help the family received in the aftermath, has only strengthened Rolf's commitment to the Red Cross and its message of emergency preparedness.  "I can't emphasize enough. The time to be ready for this is before. If you're waiting until the siren goes off to find your batteries, to find your backup radio, it's too late."

For more information on emergency preparedness, you can visit the Red Cross site found here.

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