Once again, my thoughts turn to the land and people I came to know and love during the 30 years I lived in the Texas Panhandle. Drought and wildfires have returned again to the Southern Plains and, having lived through a number of such events, it could be easy for me to simply say that’s the way things go in that part of the world.
Likewise with the Xanto blizzard that slammed the northern portions of this great country. Natural disasters—drought, blizzards, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes—are simply a part of what making a living from the land is all about.
But I can’t. I can’t simply dismiss the human side of what a natural disaster does.
That’s why BEEF and Purdue University did a three-part series last year with the Beef Roundtable. These videos are an in-depth look at the 2017 wildfires that scorched much of the same country that’s burning today.
If you have been affected by the fires, blizzards and hurricanes of the past few years, or are a survivor of an earlier natural disaster, I encourage you to watch these videos. The experts who gave their time to offer their knowledge and expertise did so because they want to help. Here are the links:
They’re a bit long, but well worth the investment of time and bandwidth. Check ‘em out. And if you know someone who would benefit from watching, please pass these links along.
Just as in past disasters, Oklahoma ranchers need some help. Ranchers in Oklahoma who are affected by the current fires are in need of hay and other supplies. The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation has established a fire relief fund. Monetary donations can be made online or by sending a check to OCF at P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK. Write "fire relief" in the memo line on the check. For those interested in donating hay, call (405) 496-9329, (405) 397-7912 or (405) 590-0106.