By: Darrelyn L. Tutt

Storms aren't fun and inclement weather isn't enjoyable, but once we've wrapped our minds around the unpleasant realities, then we ought to gain an education from the aftermath. There's far more to be learned from inclement weather than from fair, and to take advantage of a storm's aftermath is just plain intelligent.
Failure to address and learn from life's storms is a far greater calamity than the storm itself.
Last night a serious and curious September tornado ripped through Sioux Falls leaving a devastating trail of impact in its wake. Thunderstorms were on the radar but certainly not a tornado and one of such alarming magnitude.
Yikes ... It was scary!
The city sirens went off but not as they were suppose to (a serious issue being addressed,) and the sirens which did go off couldn't be heard on account of the 100 mph winds. We were situated in the vicinity of the tornado and warned by a high pitched "bleeping" on my cell phone to seek shelter. We definitely couldn't have heard the sirens through the noise due to the strange, loud moanings of the winds whipping outside.
 We hunkered down in the basement in a second.
While no lives were lost, significant businesses and neighborhoods were profoundly affected and altered, and the clean-up is now beginning.
 Avera patients may experience some unfortunate time delays and the hospital itself is scrambling and struggling to "set the ship right."
Things take time.
But interestingly and wonderfully, things are already being learned from last night's storm.  Paul Tenhaken, our city's Mayor, is already addressing problematic areas from sirens to the city's first response, supporting and "high-fiving" the wondrous positives observed in the storm's wake, of which there are many!
But after it's all said and done ...
 This storm will ultimately work toward the city's good and serve a preparatory role in a future response and healthier approach to calamities and catastrophes upcoming.
Mmmm ...
I have a feeling the sirens will all be working next time.
What do you think?
Don't rob a difficulty or a storm of its impact in your life, my friend, or fail to see what it can teach and prepare you for. You have no idea what's coming around the bend.
 Listen carefully to the community directly impacted by a storm, and learn lessons by implementing constructive changes honsestly and openly in the aftermath.
A first tornado has the power to jolt, educate, and prepare;
A second tornado has the power to display how effectively we addressed it.
So the question to ask ...
Will the sirens be working?