Recent events in Calgary and Alberta had me pondering how many people have had natural disasters around them and what were they? Your experiences with them? We just had a windstorm hit Saturday. It killed a 2 year old girl in downtown Calgary when a piece of sheet metal from a construction site flew off the roof and struck her. In Camrose at the Big Valley Jamboree their main stage collapsed killing 1. I was sitting by the computer (shocking) and noticed the trees almost bent right down. I went outside and just kind of stood on the balcony since never really saw gushing that bad before. According to the papers it was 120kph. The other natural event I had was The Ontario Ice Storm of '98. I think I was in grade 8 or 9 at the time. It was pretty cool actually. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Storm_1998 There's a link explaining it. My folks and I lived in the burbs surrounded by trees. All you could hear was the ice breaking trees and branches. Our laneway was half out of use do to a tree laying down in it. The streets were so thick of ice kids were skating on them. I'm sure DS remembers this also as Toronto was hit hard too like we were in Ottawa. We were out of hydro for 10.5 days. My folks slept on the pull out sofa during that time to keep the fire place going constantly. It was really weird because in Ottawa half a street would be out of hydro but the other half (literally right across the street) would have hydro. So people were eatting meals across the street constantly. We had the army come in and dorm at our school gym. The army was great. If you needed something you hung a ribbon outside your door and they'd come and ask what supplies was needed. We had a nifty (completely illegal) hitch up to our fire place where we had a wood stove going into our fireplace. So pretty much a fire place using the chimney of another fire place. During this time we were trying to get a generator (my dad mostly wanted it for construction use) since home depot was selling them at cost. We were something 3000 on the waiting list and got it about the third day. They had generators coming from as far as Florida. Of course, you had the bad part too where people were stealing generators (and reselling them) and everyone was told to lock it up even though people were still going and cutting the locks. You had some hotels charging triple amount because they had hydro.