Thursday, May 20, 2010

How to Build a Proper Storm Shelter

I live in Oklahoma. That means, from April until June... there is typically a "severe weather event" weekly.

Lately, it seems like it's been a daily occurrence. Mother Nature has it out for the Sooner State!

In the four years I've lived in Tulsa, I've only had to "build" a tornado shelter twice. Last night was one of those nights. Two storm systems were colliding... there was circulation... and the sirens were going off.

And, my TV was randomly switching to a mysterious baseball game... and switching back.

Apparently, it was a glitch in the National Weather Service's broadcasting... but, it really sent my hysteria over the edge.

So, lets review the proper steps to take in a severe weather situation.

1) Turn on the TV and assess the situation. Note: If there is a lot of red, that's usually bad.

To all of my KTUL friends, please don't judge me for this picture. I honestly picked the station showing the scariest radar for this photo.

2) "Build" your shelter. Note: Do NOT put draino in your bathtub on a night where there is even a slight risk of severe weather. Lay down a few blankets, dig out your trusty flashlight, and make sure your pet has a "safe place."

Even if your pet would rather be in a tornado than ever set foot in his dreaded safe place.

3) Keep a bottle of wine on hand at all times. You never know when it might come in handy.
Stay safe out there!


  1. Haha I love that you brought wine! Smart girl! PS last night was so scary...i hate tornados!

  2. Oh cousin! I would have had to be medicated if our news showed that coming towards us...I always handle storms so well-ask your brothers! :)

  3. Allison, I agree- it was SO scary!! And Kim... I'm laughing right now thinking of you guys at Chuck E Cheese... lol!!


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