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Thread: Tornado season begins again in Oklahoma

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    Tornado season begins again in Oklahoma

    My thoughts are with those in Oklahoma's Tulsa area who sustained severe storms overnight and with those in Mississippi, Alabama, and Kentucky who are under the gun today. Several perons are in the hospital, homes have been damaged.

    I can't think of ANYTHING that freaks me out more than the threat of imminent tornado - as I experienced this many times during the more than 2 decades I lived in north Texas, and even some in the Birmingham, AL area (though I was yet a bit ignorant of how hideous they really could be til I got to TX!) There is little you can do about a tornado but hide in a safe place - and is ANY place really safe from such a thing??!! It's not like you can call the police, shoot it, outrun it, or come against it with an army! Please be alert and safe, all who live in "the tornado zones" this year!

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    Prayers are with those families that sustained damage last night and for the future. We can only hope that little to no damage will occur this storm season.
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    We are getting very high winds, but hopefully not tornadoes. Keep an eye on the weather warnings if you are in the path of these storms.

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    Sending out prayers too.

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    Sending out prayers too. We get tornadoes here too, but certainly not like your area.
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    I watched a tornado go by once in Kansas and I prefer the earthquakes any day in CA.
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    Lots of disasters happening in the US--flood damage is still an issue in MS, LA and parts of TX, wildfires in SW KS and now tornados in OK--The Red Cross Disaster teams have been called out for all of these for weeks now--they are running short of volunteers to go out. And the tornado season in the midwest is just starting!

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    My career was spent in emergency management, the front lines, 9-1-1. My adrenalin still surges when I hear about these events.
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    People, all people, should make a family disaster plan. At the very least, have an out of area primary contact. Phone service within an area may be down, but cell phone may allow you to reach some one out of state. If you all agree on that contact person, and a back up, it is easier for all to know who is safe.
    While i find the safety kit sales over the top. The American Red Cross has good information
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    Thanks for your thoughts. I moved here 3 years ago from Tennessee and found myself calling back home last night to check on family there. It's all good in the end!
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    We just moved to Granite, OK in December. I lay in bed at night and listen to the wind. I don't want to end up in "OZ"! The rental house we are in doesn't have a shelter but the home we purchased does. I can't wait until the renovations are done so we can move in.

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    I've been thinking of relocated somewhere...pipe dream.....and so far I see Nevada as having the least amount of natural disasters....thoughts?

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    I was born in an area that has tornados come through each year. I moved to Idaho and one day I told my boss that I believed a tornado went through based on my prior knowledge. He laughed and said that didn't happen. Later on the news we found out that a small tornado did come through. I know that all of us who live with danger can see the warning signs and take cover. We are camping in our pull trailer in north Texas headed for Tulsa. I am keeping my eyes open as we drive.

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    Chances are pretty good for Both Ok and Kansas to have either a tornado or an earthquake it seems.
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    Sending out my thoughts too, to those in the path of weather destruction. Hoping for a peaceful season, but it doesn't look too likely, does it!
    KEEP CALM and CARRY ON!!

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    We had some pretty strong damaging winds and rain here in Arkansas yesterday afternoon. Scary. I hate sitting up watching the weather reports on TV so we'll know when to run for storm shelter.
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    Watching the national news tonight and seeing the floods and high winds in the south just made me sick. I feel so bad for everyone grappling with natural disasters. I'm a Red Cross volunteer but am unable to go on disaster relief teams due to my dang knees--the long days and intense conditions don't work as I need to have a legs up "rest" every few hours. So frustrating! So much need out there and it's both the immediate help and also the long term help those folks will be needing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geri B View Post
    I've been thinking of relocated somewhere...pipe dream.....and so far I see Nevada as having the least amount of natural disasters....thoughts?
    We live in southern New Mexico for the same reason. My DH says it is "Pre-disastered!"
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    I have a brother who lives in Tulsa, he hasn't called nor have any of my siblings. In our family if a disaster strikes and you don't hear from them everything is well.
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    Tornadoes are a fierce thing. Only GOD has control. I've been blessed as I lived through several one night that Hurricane Fran came through the tip of Moore County North Carolina, which is in the center of the state...we had according to the Forrestry Service about 6 Tornadoes to touch ground here in and around my new doublewide home (5 days sitting here on my property). Pine trees brushed and fell on the edge of my home; however, it was spared due to my car being total lost, and my daughter's pick-up receiving damage. I lost about 100 trees, and it took over a year and about 6 or 8 men to come and look before a single one would say they would remove the trees because of such destruction. Then they each said you could smell snakes...it was infested with snakes. I was without power for 3 + weeks. Yet, the news did not proclaim we had any damage here in Moore County. My daughter had just moved in with me, bringing her new born son, and she was so scared I thought she was going to run out of the house in the middle of this thing and leave her son. I told her no she wasn't, she had a son in the crib in there in the bedroom, and she had to protect him; and if you do go out now, you will be killed. Finally I went and stood by my bed, praying LORD, YOU told me, you would NEVER leave me nor forsake me, now stay with me and help me bear this storm. All at once the winds calmed, heaviness came over us all, and we fell asleep. But before going sound asleep I hear the wind go to the other side of the house and on up the road, and leave. The next morning, my brother came about 10:00 AM waking us up...scared to death we were dead. He said he had not ever seen such devastation. He just lives canter-cornered in the woods back of me, and was not nearly damaged as I was. We lived. We THANKED GOD.

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    Something for those who have trouble going down stairs. When visiting my aunt in 6-2013, I noticed she had a slide attached to the railing going down to her basement. I asked her about it. One of her grandsons concocked the slide so she would be able to get to the basement quickly in case of a tornado. They keep a walker down in the basement so she can get to a part of her basement that closes off from the wind. It has a bed and battery operated lantern and jugs of water. She also has her canned goods. I just thought how brilliant an idea. No fear of falling down stairs seeking shelter. She's 91. It's a simple children's slide.

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    what a unique idea about the slide! It is important to have some emergency gear ready--a "go box" can be a plastic tub--have flashlights or lanterns with extra batteries (check about every 6 months), have water (figure enough for each person for 3 days), a battery operated radio, a whistle (in case you need to get some help if a house collapses, etc), PET food if you have pets, baby items if you have little ones, extra medications for those that need them, TP, food (again check frequently on this item!), a blanket (space blankets work well as lightweight and waterproof), and have things like copies of car keys, safety deposit box key, contact info for family, insurance agent and others that may need to be contacted (very important in these days of cell phones where none of us memorize # anymore). If you don't have a safety deposit box, you should keep copies of your drivers license, birth certificates, care titles, credit and debit cards, etc- copy machine copies will work to at least get you started if you loose everything---these also should be in your "go box". Its wise to also do a photo or video inventory of your home and keep a copy in your safety deposit box AND at a separate location--with a friend/family member or check with your insurance agent, many will keep these on file for you in a secure location so if you do have to file a claim and your house is destroyed, you have the inventory somewhere else. In addition to our "go box" in our tornado place in the basement (and if you don't know where your safe place is from whatever natural disaster--tornado, fire, wind damage, hurricanes, floods, earthquake,or even those in heavy snow areas, blizzards and roof collapse,etc--find that spot and make sure everyone in the household knows it), we have my Red Cross backpack with some of these items that is a "grab and go". Being prepared means not being paranoid about these things--but able to handle them if they occur.

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