Quick Tornado Tip- Be Safe, La Vergne!

I just wanted to share this clip tonight. This is an interview with a friend of a friend whose home was destroyed in the Joplin tornado on Sunday:

http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/joplin-mo-tornado-mother-saves-son-natale-gonzalez-13672833

In a nutshell, Natalie made a last minute decision to put a bicycle helmet on her son’s head as the tornado approached, and it saved his life. Suffice it to say, if my family has to run out to the tornado shelter tonight, my little one will definitely be sporting her pink Dora helmet. And I may just throw on one of my husband’s old crash helmets from his motorcycle days!

 

12 comments for “Quick Tornado Tip- Be Safe, La Vergne!

  1. Liberty
    May 25, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    Wow!!! That’s good thinking!!I want to get a tornado shelter in my garage! These tornado’s are driving me crazy!!

    • Sarah N.
      May 25, 2011 at 9:30 pm

      If I had a garage that’s what I would do. We have to slog through the rain to get to ours, but it beats the bathtub!

  2. Debbie Heughan
    May 25, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    I wish I had an underground shelter or basement.. I don’t see how one in the garage could do that much unless it is dug into or below the garage.. we have to go into my walk in closet, it is the most central room with no windows.. I am beginning to think I need a tv & snack bar in there.

    • Elizabeth
      May 26, 2011 at 4:01 pm

      I’ve seen on TV where they advertise a storm shelter built below ground in your garage…don’t know how much it is to install but sounds good and I would do it if I had the money to do so…..

      • Liberty
        May 27, 2011 at 11:26 am

        That’s where I’ve seen them too, and it helps raise the value of your home

      • Sarah N
        May 27, 2011 at 1:25 pm

        One article I read said the in-ground garage shelters were about $5,500. I have a four person, in-ground fiberglass shelter in my yard which ran me about $4,400, and I know you can get an above-ground cement “shed” shelter starting around $3,220. Maybe I should write a post about shelters since I did a lot of research on the subject last year.

  3. Sherry
    May 26, 2011 at 10:04 am

    We don’t even HAVE a central room with no windows. Best we can do is a very small closet and there’s no way my husband, daughter, big dog, fat cat and me would all fit. Guess the hubby is out of luck. 🙂

  4. May 27, 2011 at 6:50 am

    One thing to remember is that Joplin had 24 minutes to get to thier safe place. Don’t forget that you could go to a nueghbors house if it’s better built or they have a little more room.

  5. May 27, 2011 at 6:52 am

    I know the weather warning stuff is a pain. I know that 8 out of 10 warnings don’t amount to anything but we have to take it seriously and use the 24 minutes or whatever warning time that science has given us to go to a safe place.

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/05/26/joplin.tornado.minutes/index.html?hpt=C1

    • Cee Dee
      May 27, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      It’s those 2 warnings that amount to “something” that we should all be focusing on. Have these yo-yo’s who are saying we don’t need the weather sirens been watching the news lately??? The sound of the siren going off saves lives. We presently have none & the budget calls for paying for these over several years — not at one time in a lump sum. Sometimes I feel that folks skip over important words when reading & jump to & comment on something they don’t really understand. Yeah they do give off false alarms, but between the tv coverage & the sound of the sirens, I feel folks will be better informed & aware of the impending danger. If it saves your life or that of your family, giving enough notice to seek shelter, it’s worth the money spent!

      • May 28, 2011 at 6:40 am

        Cee Dee your absolutly correct and this is what I advocate on my wordpress blog. One other piece to the puzzle is a weather radio. They can be set to alarm to your county only now and since channel 5 won’t wake you up at 3am it’s worth the money. Another option to that is if you have an I-phone you can get an app for $10 that makes your phone into a weather radio. What’s nice is it uses the phones GPS to give you warnings where you are. Here’s the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/imapweather-radio/id413511993?cjid=10492644-1225267-u0t2941985f9fp0dd0c0s5814 and click on my name to go to the Box 100 weather blog!

      • Phil McCracken
        May 28, 2011 at 7:03 am

        They’d be extremely helpful especially for people outside playing or working rather than inside watching tv. I believe one or two of same yo-yo’s said were saying one or two months ago that we need sirens.

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