National Weather Service Issues Life Threatening Storm Warning
To make everyone aware, if they aren’t already, NOAA has issued a Life Threatening Storm Warning for Saturday, April 14, 2012.
Having lived through the May 3, 1999 tornado, and the devastation it created, not only in damage but in lives lost, I caution everyone to have your emergency supplies in, be ready for power outages and a rough and bumpy ride tonight.
A few quick suggestions:
1. Wear shoes that actually strap to your feet. Slip on shoes are comfortable, and not everyone can follow this advice, but I had a friend in the May 3rd tornado have the shoes sucked right off her feet. Secure shoes can protect from injury after the storm.
2. Helmets for everyone, not just children. I still laugh when I remember my brother wheeling my mother in her desk chair into the bathroom (they have no storm shelter) with a stock pot on her head. Hey, whatever works.
3. I think everyone in tornado country has been trained by the media, and even just the sheer magnitude of storm warnings we get, to run to the front (or back, or side) door and run into the yard to watch the storm. Please, for this warning, don’t. Take this one seriously. I love to stand on my yard and watch the storms roll as much as anyone else, but when the National Weather Service or, for those locals, Gary England, issue a Life Threatening Storm Warning, I learned the hard way to listen. When they tell you to take shelter – take shelter, please.
Let’s get through this day safe, alive, and hopefully with a false alarm.