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  •  My parents grew up in Worcester, MA (8+ / 0-)

    And were young adults when the massive tornado swept through there. Last year, a tornado went between my Aunt's & Uncle's street and a friend's Aunt's and Uncle's street in a town just outside Springfield, MA. We didn't even know we had relatives in the same town until that day.

    Sadly, we live in a house that has no "safe" space. So if a tornado were to hit, if we couldn't get to the neighbor's, I'd probably try getting into the hole in the ground where the foundation for a real house is supposed to go someday, preferably with some sofa cushions and foam insulation panels for nominal protection, and some mechanism for tying ourselves to the rebar, so we wouldn't get sucked up by the storm.

    •  The plains residents developed (5+ / 0-)

      a mini shelter for homes that had no basement. It was just a door with maybe a foot of rise from the base to the top at the house foundation. Raise the door and there were a few stairs to the bottom next to the house foundation.
      Derived from root cellars that had a similar door but actually went to an area under the house that could be used for storing potatoes and other root crops.

      Not much room for more than a few people - smaller kids helped. Since the storms generally pass through fairly quickly, they were tolerable.

      "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

      by Ginny in CO on Fri Mar 23, 2012 at 10:11:14 PM PDT

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