Tornado

Tornado Survival: No Shelter, No Basement, No Problem

For an entire week leading up to the April 2011 storms and tornados that devastated parts of my town and Northern Alabama in general, the local weather forecasters gave us warnings. Suddenly, tornado survival became a hot topic in our household and we discussed the safest place to be during a tornado if you don’t have a basement. We were told to be ready for tornado survival because they saw the emerging weather pattern as it traveled across the country …

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If You Just Moved Here… Living in Tornado Country

Where exactly IS “tornado country?” Most people know about Tornado Alley which includes northern Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska at its core (though the boundaries are not completely defined).  Some may even know about Dixie Alley, the Southeast’s tornado corridor that encompasses much of the lower Mississippi Valley, including parts of Texas and Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, and parts of both North and South Carolina. Tornadoes are less frequent in numbers in Dixie Alley but often are …

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Bare feet in the storm: Preparing for nighttime tornadoes

I have a healthy fear of tornadoes now, especially nighttime tornadoes. I thought I was prepared, but I’m not – and you might not be either. Too close for comfort I lived a few hours away from Joplin, Missouri, when the EF5 tornado hit on May 22, 2011. Being that close and seeing the kind of destruction that could happen so quickly prompted me to start preparing our family for disasters. I made sure our basement shelter room was set …

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11 Lessons the Joplin Tornadoes Taught Our Family

Guest post by Kris. We “woke up” two years ago after an F-5 tornado obliterated our hometown: Joplin, MO.   What we learned in the wake of that disaster has been unbelievable, miraculous, heart-wrenching, but ultimately, extremely useful.  And while we were extremely lucky to miss the storm by about half a mile, we were all deeply affected on an emotional level.  I know it’s true whenever the sky turns gray, as it has this week.  Here are some valuable lessons …

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Survival Tips for a Tornado Disaster

I’ve always been afraid of tornadoes, even before I heard of the Wicked Witch of the West and, “Surrender Dorothy!” Tornado survival is something that took a while for me to learn. Anybody who grew up or lived near Gilbert, in Central Iowa, is familiar with the destructive, whirling wind patterns. The movie “Twister” was filmed about 40 miles away from our family farm, and all the locals can tell storm stories. One year, our neighbors lost their house to …

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