It's pretty scary to wake up at 6am to the sound of the Civil Defense Emergency Sirens...
As most of you know, Hawaii was under a Tsunami Warning yesterday, and that's why the sirens went off.
At first I was a little confused--I was wondering what date it was, since the sirens are always tested on the 1st of the month, but then I realized it's too early in the morning for the test.
Then I immediately turned on the TV and saw that the local news was on, which is unusual, since the local news doesn't broadcast in the mornings on the weekends.
It took a few minutes for me to realize that we were under a tsunami warning.
So what did I do? I immediately went on to Twitter, and noticed Hawaii was the #2 trending topic. Hawaii twitterers were tweeting the latest updates, and wonderful twitter pals throughout the world were sending their thoughts and prayers.
In fact, ohMariana had sent a tweet 2 hours before I even logged on hoping that we knew what was going on and to get to higher ground if needed.
And the tweets didn't stop. I got so many other tweets wishing us safety from Mami2Mommy, keralita13, frugalgirl, SarahBHawaii (who lives on Maui), lovemykeiki, KidsAreHeroes, californiaboyz, barb_wired, mail4kids, LorieShewbridge, HomeEverAfter, uberabby2...just to name a few (sorry if I forgot any names--I just tried to quickly copy and paste the user names so if you're missing, I'm sorry--but I truly appreciated your concern!).
Fortunately, once the tsunami arrived, there was very little activity and nothing catastrophic, but just the thought was scary enough. Having to wait for 5+ hours was difficult in itself--especially since DH was at work, one street above an evacuation zone, and they decided to not shut down!
At least we were as prepared as we could be. Although no big waves hit us, it's better to be safe than sorry.
Technology these days is simply amazing. We can do so many things that we couldn't do before, and with Twitter, the word quickly and easily spread--whether it was an update on the latest store closure, or simply tweets to send each other prayers and good thoughts...
We were able to stay connected and informed.
Thank you again to everyone for their care and concern!
Gem is a Hawaii Mom Blogger who posts reviews and giveaways, and blogs about life in Hawaii as a mom of 3 boys, including one with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. She loves to travel, bake, and eat anything with chocolate.