Former Hanahan resident Lisa Self said the hair stood up on the back of her neck as she and her husband raced away from the killer tornado in Moore, Okla.
“I could see it behind us. It just looked like this huge black monster. I couldn’t believe how massive it was,” she said.
Fortunately, the twister spared the Selfs and their home.
“I’m one of the very lucky ones that didn’t lose anything,” she said.
She weathered Hurricane Hugo in 1989, but a tornado is much worse because there is so little time to prepare, she said.
“I will take another hurricane any day. I like plenty of notice,” she said.
Her husband, Shane Self, is a Navy aviation electrician’s mate 1st class at Tinker Air Force Base. The couple, who have a year-old baby, relocated to Oklahoma two years ago.
Less fortunate Moore residents were caught in the zigzag path of the tornado. Those people need everything in the way of relief supplies that they can get their hands on, she said.
A campaign is under way at a North Charleston nightclub to collect goods for shipment to the tornado victims. “A lot of vets are coming in with donations,” said Carolyn Bartholomew, owner of the Sand Shack Bar & Grill on Ashley Phosphate Road. The Sand Shack and Anchor Sign of Summerville are partnering in the effort.
“We know that cash is being donated to the Red Cross but we just want to do something here and now,” Bartholomew said. “It was just so devastating to all of us to watch it happen.”
Water, soap, toiletries, canned goods, baby food, cat and dog food, clothing, blankets and pop-up tents are the sorts of items being collected, she said.
The Sand Shack, which is next to Frankie’s Fun Park, opens daily from noon to 2 a.m.
Anchor Sign will ship the goods, said Michael Finnell, internet technology manager for the company. “It’s just something I believe in doing. It’s such a tremendous tragedy,” he said.
Anchor Sign also is accepting donations weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at its Summerville Avenue location. Finnell said the goods likely would be shipped at the end of next week.
The Palmetto SC Region of the American Red Cross has dispatched two staffers to help with the tornado relief effort. Funds for the relief effort may be donated to the Red Cross at redcross.org or 1-800-RED CROSS.
Reach Prentiss Findlay at 937-5711.