Friday's Editorial

Do you have an emergency plan for your home?

There is no way to express the deep sorrow felt by this community regarding last week’s deadly fire. A 28-year-old mother and four children, all under the age of 5, perished in a blaze that swept through their Newnan home last Saturday.

We, along with everyone else, can barely wrap our minds around this death and destruction. To add children to the toll is heartbreaking. What can we say or do that will bring closure to Nautica “Molly” McCrary, the 11-year-old who escaped through a window and was the only survivor?

We can pray. We can offer support through donations of clothing and other personal items and money. The Alonna McCrary Memorial Fund has been set up and donations can be sent to or dropped off at any Wells Fargo branch. Funds have also been set up to help the mothers of Messi’ah White and MaKinzie Florence pay for their daughters’ funerals. The Messai’ah White Memorial Fund is also at Wells Fargo, and the MaKinzie Florence Fund is at United Bank.

To Alonna, Molly, Erial McCrary, 5; Messi’ah White, 3; Nikkiah White, 2; and MaKinzie Florence, 1, may God hold each of you in the palms of His hands.

For the rest of us, this is a wake-up call. Fires are great around a campfire or fireplace. Left uncontrolled, it can kill, as it did here.

Are you prepared? Authorities said they found a smoke detector in the residence. However, it was so damaged they don’t know if it was working. Every year we hear and read the same stories about protecting our families by changing the batteries in smoke detectors. 

Do you do that? Do you even have smoke detectors in your home? Do your children know what to do if they hear the word “fire” in the middle of the night? Smoke detectors and escape plans are always on the “to-do list” of things we know we need to do and will at some point. But we never know when “some point” is now.

Disasters of all kinds strike every day. A day after the fatal fire that killed five, a tornado touched down outside Moreland. Fortunately, no one was hurt. But again, are you ready? We are all guilty of believing that disasters only happen in other communities, in states along the coast or out west. We are, somehow, immune to the world’s dangers.

The past weekend’s tragedies show how wrong that thinking is. 



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