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  •  Thanks, kj (3+ / 0-)
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    kj in missouri, jan4insight, Aunt Pat

    I will try to paste my post below.

    I am a Californian transplanted temporarily to Fort Worth, TX. Last year, after only a few days of living here, my two Australian Shepherds and I sheltered in my master closet when tornadoes struck nearby areas. The closet is the only spot in the house with no windows, glass or exterior walls. Listening yesterday to the feed from KFOR, I was dismayed to hear that people would only be safe below ground. Not only do we have no basement, I can think of nowhere close to me that does. There are no public shelters, apparently. My question today is: If a severe tornado hits and subterranean shelter is all that will provide safety, what is my best course of action? Without shelter, warnings only really help you notice the target on your back.

    Last month's fire in Ventura County was just a few miles from our permanent home.  As a Californian, give me fire and earthquakes over tornadoes any day of the week.  There's comfort in familiarity.

    "I always distrust people who know so much about what God wants them to do to their fellows. . ." Susan B. Anthony

    by CalBearMom on Tue May 21, 2013 at 02:11:57 PM PDT

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    •  hey, CalbearMom! (4+ / 0-)

      glad you found this diary.

      my suggestion is to "follow" weatherdude and jump in his diaries when you can.   there are loads of information- from the very general to the very local and specific- in the diary itself and in the comments.

      ask all the questions you want.   people are ready and willing to pass on what they know.   this community does "help" really well in times of disaster.  

      i'm a born and raised midwesterner and i just learned about going to a local hospital.   that had never crossed my mind before reading it here today.

      "From single strands of light we build our webs." ~kj

      by kj in missouri on Tue May 21, 2013 at 02:41:40 PM PDT

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    •  If you get the warning in time, flee (4+ / 0-)

      I'm also a transplanted Californian, so I can identify with the dismay. If you were living in a place that you owned, you could build a storm room inside a closet. (They even sell pre-fab shelters, about $5K.)

      But if your place is not yours, consider this: if you get the warning in time, and they have described the tornado's track, get in your car with your dogs and drive in the opposite direction. Or drive perpendicular to the expected track.

      Otherwise, get to the biggest strongest commercial building in the area and get into the most protected interior area.

      Again, these strategies assume a very big tornado. They knew the Oklahoma one was big and there was about 15 minutes warning. For a smaller one, or with less warning, you can probably get into an interior closet, put on a bike helmet and pull a mattress over you.

      If you do not have enough time to drive at least a few miles away, do not get caught out in the open in your car.

      PS I thought I was leaving earthquakes behind. They followed me to Virginia! Plus we get windstorms and even tornados here. Sigh.

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