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Thread: Very close call yesterday!

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    Very close call yesterday!

    As some of you have probably seen on tv, my town of Moscow, Ohio was hit by a tornado yesterday afternoon. The tornado crossed over the river from Kentucky about a mile from my home. Thankfully, we have a basement and we knew early in the day to prepare for the worst. Yesterday morning I was preparing our photography equipment and important papers to take downstairs, and decided that I just couldn't leave my brand new machine and all my fabric upstairs. I'm a new quilter, and just couldn't bear the thought of losing it all. So, I packed all of it up and hauled it down to the basement. Needless to say, I spent several scary minutes huddled over my kids, hoping the tornado would spare us, surrounded by fabric and UFO's! And today, I had to bring it all back upstairs again. The bright side is I can reorganize it all again! So, am I crazy that I bagged everything up and took it downstairs? Obviously, we has an usual amount of time to prepare. But it made me wonder if I'm the only one!

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    Katie, so glad you are OK. I don't think you would be alone in taking your machine and as much of your stash as you could move. I often wonder what I would take in case of a fire or something.
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    I don't think that you over-reacted at all. Be thankful that you had plenty of advance warning. I'm glad that you and your family are safe. My prayers go out to others who weren't so lucky.
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    Reminds me of when I was a kid in northern Oklahoma. One year we had tornado warnings almost every night for a month and I always took my clarinet to the cellar with me! One night we were there until the wee hours of the morning with no "all clear" signel, but my dad decided he had had enough and we went back to the house and went to bed. The next morning we heard there had been 21 funnel clouds sighted overhead, but none touched the ground! Sure could have been a disaster. Having been in or near several of these, my prayers go up for all the people who have lost homes and loved ones.

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    I am so glad you are okay!! that is so incredibly scary I am sure. I don't think you are crazy at all!! If you had time, you may as well save it. I would have taken half my house down there!! LOL Now if you were running to get your machine as the tornado was knocking on your door .... well then you might be a bit crazy!!

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    Thank God you are all okay. It is always wise to prepare if time allows. Saving what is important to you is always a good idea!
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    My only connection to these horrible last few days, have been watching it on TV.. I can't conceive! I just feel so bad for all the death and destruction.. I'd like to hear that ALL are OK..bernie in CA..

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    We had a scary night last night too. We had 22 minutes warning before the front was supposed to hit our area. Luckily my sewing area is in the basement so my machines and fabric are already down there. I grabbed the back up hard drives for my computers, my collection of family recipes, and a quilt my deceased DIL and I worked on shortly before her untimely death. I think I will hang it downstairs just in case we have a repeat of this weirdness. Last April was the first tornado on record for our area. Now this. As it turns out it was an uneventful episode. Thank Goodness! I didn't get to sleep until after 3:00 AM and feel like I have a hangover today. We have spent the day cleaning all the extra stored unnecessary items out of the basement. If I am going to have to be living down there at regular intervals I at least want it to be comfortable. Just like a man my DH slept through the whole thing. Ann in TN

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    Glad you are fine! My heart aches for those affected. Guess we all have our priorities as to what to save. Not sure what I'd save besides photos and important papers. I have so many sentimental things- Mom's hoosier cabinet, dad's military trunk, etc. Maybe I should resort my fabric by most loved so I can grab and go? NY was hit by so many storms last year, with massive floods and winds. It's unbelieveable what Mother Nature can do.

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    Glad you are safe! I don't think you were crazy at all. What could be nicer than being surrounded by the people and things you love while you wait out a storm. Besides fabric makes great cushioning!

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    Not crazy. My sewing room is in the basement so I just packed up the emergency radio and my medications and went downstairs. Better to be prepared! We live in Louisville and it missed us, thankfully.

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    When we lived in a rural area and the fires were all around us, some of the first things I loaded in my pickup were two sewing machines. Luckily our home was saved but many others lost and two lives during the fire in 2005.

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    No, you are not crazy. Family first and then our other stuff. 2 years after we moved into our home we got struck by lightening upstairs. It Blew a 10 foot hole into the roof and poured rain into the room. Husband opened the front door just as it hit,[I was gone] and it was a fireball. He raced upstairs, yanked my sewing machines out of the way andsaved them. thank goodness. It was a mess, but we survived it.

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    I don't think that's weird --- at least you remembered your kids!!!!! LOL Glad all is okay.
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    I'd take insurance and other important documents, and irreplaceables, such as family pictures. Some drinking water and snacks and a first aid kit would be good in case you get trapped down there for a while. With plenty of time, I might take some UFO's or finished things that took me a lot of time to make, and maybe some small handwork to do while waiting. I figure the possibility of losing things that can be bought again is why we have insurance, but yes, of course if there's plenty of time, saving anything you want to, just so you don't have to go through a loss, makes perfect sense to me.

    Our insurance company has a link on their site to an independent site that lets you archive pictures and descriptions of household belongings and valuables in case there is a loss. Taking the pictures and storing copies of them away from home - for example, online or at a trusted relative's house in another city - could be extremely helpful if you ever have to file a claim. Write down serial numbers, dates of purchase, what you paid, and other details. You could also make an inventory check-list, which your insurance company would likely provide.

    I hope you have no more tornado scares!
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    just happy to hear that you and family are OK...the weather is really something right now...I feel for all of the people that are being affected by these tornadoes. I think that it may be time for me to start gathering my scraps and making a couple scrappy quilts for some of these survivors of the storms...
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    so glad you and your family and quilting are all safe and sound

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    Praise God you are ok

    Quote Originally Posted by MamaO2011 View Post
    As some of you have probably seen on tv, my town of Moscow, Ohio was hit by a tornado yesterday afternoon. The tornado crossed over the river from Kentucky about a mile from my home. Thankfully, we have a basement and we knew early in the day to prepare for the worst. Yesterday morning I was preparing our photography equipment and important papers to take downstairs, and decided that I just couldn't leave my brand new machine and all my fabric upstairs. I'm a new quilter, and just couldn't bear the thought of losing it all. So, I packed all of it up and hauled it down to the basement. Needless to say, I spent several scary minutes huddled over my kids, hoping the tornado would spare us, surrounded by fabric and UFO's! And today, I had to bring it all back upstairs again. The bright side is I can reorganize it all again! So, am I crazy that I bagged everything up and took it downstairs? Obviously, we has an usual amount of time to prepare. But it made me wonder if I'm the only one!
    No you were right to take cover and take your baby with you. Just thankful you and your family are safe and sound.
    Take care and enjoy each moment.

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    Always wondered what I would pack to take with me if evacuated due to a storm (I live along the coast). I do believe that I would have to have both sons with their trucks to cart away my sewing stash, etc......and of course, all pictures would have to go with me.

    A friends once was evacuated and with her went her albums and important papers in a large garbage bag and her mink coat over her arm.....lololol

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    Very thankful you and your family are safe.

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    Just think of all the wonderful exercise you got going up and down those stairs for two days and you were blessed too to have been missed by the tornado, so all in all, it was a good day for you.
    Yooper32 aka: Donna B

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    I don't think you are crazy. I couldn't take all my things but I can tell you I would have my machine in one hand, my old photos in a bag , and my dog under the other arm. If I had a lot of time I would take more but those would be my first grabs.

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    the safe place in my house is my "inventory" closet - the one with all the fabric. LOL
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    I am so glad you are safe, when warnings come it is for our benefit to prepare. I do not have a basement but if I did, my valuables would be there except for medicine and purse. (I am thinking) Jo

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    Just know that you took your most precious things to the basement, kids, sewing machine and fabrics.

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