There was a brick company that had a clay head on the counter. This head was wearing a hard hat but had an imprint of a three hole brick in the middle of the face. If something is going to fall on you, your first reaction is to look up.
The St. John News web page has been running a poll about tornado safety. It ask if you hear the sirens go off, are you taking cover? Are you the type to wait for your neighbor's roof blow off then take cover?
The last one asked if you are the person that will go out and look for it?
Like the head looking for the falling brick, I am the type that will look for it but only in St. John. Many years ago the sirens went off and I went outside. The police car was coming down Broadway and the officer was pointing for me to get inside.
I looked at him and started pointing up. It was right above us and I could see it where he couldn't. The hail came just a few seconds later and I'm no dummy, hail hurts. I then went inside.
At one of the major farm shows, the Weather Channel had a booth. I stopped and talked to them because that is what I like to do. We were talking about tornadoes when I told them that St. John would never be hit by one. I told them how the Mormon Church has a book in it and it has been said that as long as that book is there, no tornado's will hit town.
They hadn't heard that story but asked me if I really believed it. I told them that until it happens, I will be a fair weather Baptist and a nasty weather Mormon. Is there something to the to the story about the book and church? We may never know.
I wonder why they never had a book dedicated to strong starlight winds. We definitely get our share of that and I am sure they did too. For what their reason was, they picked tornadoes. Since I have lived here, many tornado's have either fell apart before coming into town or picked up and went over town and dropped back down.
The recent storms and tornadoes did a lot of damages mainly outside the city limits. Our hearts go out to the people that now dealing with problems that they never thought would happen. Hopefully we all can help these people recover and get back to a normal life.
Will you ever see me standing out in the street looking for a tornado? Sure I will but I will have the radar screen on my phone. I don't run as fast as I use too so I need all the help I can.
Page 2 of 2 - Ron Moore is a professional truck driver and contributor to the St. John News
Editors note - The story Ron referred to is in the book "No cyclone shall destroy," available at the Ida Long Goodman Memorial Library. I think the way the story actually goes is as long as the church is there and there is at least one living member in the community, St. John will never be destroyed by a tornado. Thank you Alex Robinson, Morman Church pastor and last living member of the church.