It wasn’t a bad spring/summer around here weather-wise.Seen worse. We’re marching towards my favorite season now.Autumn.
On the other hand any time you get a hot,humid day with severe thunderstorms in the forecast it’s also possible to see an outbreak of
Here’s the Great Tornado Outbreak of 1985.Went across the 2 states of Ohio and Pennsylvania:
We had the sirens go off once last year and sure enough a twister touched down fairly close to us and was rolling our way when it (thank God)dissipated.Yes,it did considerable damage where it hit and it was only an F1(F2?) Yesterday conditions were favorable and yes there were a few in the states of Ohio and Indiana,among others.
The one thing that does amaze me when these beautiful amazing monsters pop up [is that] people are just bewildered.
All spring and summer we go over our plan with our aide;that way we all be on the same page if it ever happens.”Hubb”s and i have to have a plan because it’s altogether possible that the aide will have gone for the day and we’ll have no help. We’re disabled and with just us and 2 dogs it would not be a good scenario. What we don’t want to be doing is going into a panic at the last minute;a time when you need your wits about you.
IF you are weather aware,with a plan and a place it’s easier to be calm and just DO. Then pray of course!
Here’s our plan. When i’m done,curious,what’s yours?
1. Be WEATHER AWARE.I pretty much keep an eye on the weather often.Not necessarily every single day but if we’re due for a hot/humid day or there’s a chance of Thunderstorms i check it out-or if the aide and hubbs have plans for the day that will entail going out/travel.
It certainly prevents getting caught off guard. I’ve seen these events take place on days that you wouldn’t have a clue anything was going to happen. The skies are blue,the wind is calm. Just another day. It’s a good reason to be weather aware.I tune into the weather channel or go to their website and if you really want to get a serious heads up there is the Convection Forecast. We don’t have it but some people can,a weather alert on phone. Being aware is not the same as being paranoid. I’ve just seen too many times in the news where people have headed out on the road or gone to bed….or just plain caught off guard. With the technology the meteorologists have these days, if you are weather aware, there is no reason to be caught off guard.The reports are amazingly accurate and timely.They may tell you a day ahead when there’s trouble on the horizon.
It wasn’t anything like that years ago. They didn’t even have the tornado warnings they have these days-the siren.Some places STILL don’t so being weather aware in these areas could be a life saver. The weather reports do no good if people don’t pay attention to them. So that’s step 1 around here. We had one year there was a major outbreak of tornadoes and it hit our area. So much for the “it could never happen here” attitude. It can happen ANYWHERE.
2. I check to see where severe weather will be possible. You can also check Dr Forbes Tornado Index http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-torcon-index
3. A WATCH means just that. Keep an eye peeled and your ears open. Tune into tv,radio or check on your computer. Keep an eye to the sky too.
Watch means the conditions are FAVORABLE. Another words a tornado is possible and they want you to stay on your toes. This is where the plan goes into action.During the WATCH we’re getting ready just in case. The 2 dogs go into the basement along with husband. Aide and I grab the 2 handy flashlights-they’re always out in plain sight. We won’t have to waste precious time trying to find them. They’re WORKING flashlights too.Grab cordless phone plus she has our cell phone. There is a single bed in the basement and the mattress will be good cover.
ROSARY BEADS. Yep,i’m praying the rosary. If you’re in a mobile home this is a good time to get out and go to your safe place.If you don’t have one,get one. Some place you can go and get going;either when you know there’s a chance or if a watch has actually come up. Once the warning is issued and the sirens go off it is probably too late. Husband and dogs will be in our basement while we’re under the watch and the aide and I will be ready to head down with him if a warning is issued. We’re ready to go;no time wasted. If i see something on the radar and have any inclination the warnings is going to go off anyway we’re heading down the stairs then.I would not be driving to the safe place in the middle of a WARNING. WARNING means just that. Tornado on ground,seek shelter IMMEDIATELY. Time’s up. Have the safe place in mind LONG before this and be there during the WATCH. If nothing happens …it’s not a wasted trip. I’d rather be wrong and alive than right and dead.
Our dogs are like family but i’ll be darned if we’re chasing down pets during a warning. They’re going to the basement during the watch.If it’s between us and them,it’s us. Dogs can be replaced.
4. Do not be driving around if you don’t have to be. PERIOD. In a mobile home,get out,go to the safe place. I would also get to know my neighbors and if you have a basement and they don’t let them know they’re welcome in yours in case of emergency. If you plan on getting out to a safe place see what plans they have-if they also live in a mobile home and have no transportation you may want to offer.
Let’s look out for each other. You can’ t force them,but you can offer.
Really 2 places you do NOT want to be if there’s a tornado.MOBILE HOME(trailer)or CAR. By the way WEAR SHOES. If a tornado hits there will be debris to one extent or another. If you can help it i wouldn’t be walking around in barefeet
Last but not least,HAVE A PLAN and go over it.
Go over it with family members every so often especially during the seasons when a tornado is possible or likely. God forbid don’t get the idea that it can never happen where you are. There’s a myth that if you’re surrounded by hills or a mountain a tornado can’t get around that. WRONG! A tornado can go over hills,mountains,you name it…even water. A big mistake is to get a false sense of security.
Here’s a wrap up of our plan:
1. STAY WEATHER AWARE. Tune into reports. Nothing wrong with checking forecast every day.
2. TORNADO WATCH-2 DOGS,HUSBAND GO TO BASEMENT. If our aide is not here,it’s HUSBAND,DOGS AND ME.We use the bed mattress for cover while we’re in the basement
3 Aide is here,HUSBAND AND DOGS GO TO BASEMENT. Aide and I have the flashlights,phone and rosary in hand. WARNING goes up,we’re there right then and there that second or even during the watch before hand.
4. We heed ALL warnings.Period.
Seriously,have a plan and go over it. As you look at our plan it’s very simple. WATCH:get ready. Go to basement. WARNING: In the basement for sure.
ABOVE ALL,PRAY THE ROSARY!
That’s our plan. Would you be kind enough to share yours?If there’s anything you can think of that’s helpful i missed,PLS let us know!