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Do you consider yourself to be well prepared for tornado season?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on March 11, 2008

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Photo of Brittani Johnson

“I guess so. I have all the supplies and a basement room without windows, but I’m absolutely terrified of tornadoes. I feel like I can’t be prepared enough.”

Photo of Steve Knoll

“Yes. We have a safe place to go with a radio, flashlight, some candles and plenty of wine. My wife grew up on a farm, so she’s always watching the weather. We’re pretty tuned in to what’s going on.”

Photo of Miranda Maxey

“No. If a tornado struck, I wouldn’t have any of the necessities. I don’t even think I have a flashlight. I don’t know what I would do.”

Photo of Matt Odom

“No. We’ve got flashlights and a radio and everything, but it’s all somewhere in the garage. We should probably get it all together in the basement.”


Frederic Gutknecht IV 10 years ago

Yes. I'm ready to live or die...don't see any other option. I always run when I hear the sirens...OUTSIDE! I love to watch the storms roll in.

Jason Bowers-Chaika 10 years ago

I keep putting off cutting a trap door into my crawl space. I refuse to go back into the closet.

Flap Doodle 10 years ago

I've been doing yoga so I can bend over & kiss my _ _ _ goodbye.

ksdivakat 10 years ago

I LOVE storm season! I love to spot and chase (as long as its safe) but we also have a safe place to go, should one hit, I love the adreneline rush that it brings and most importantly I love the pics that I can take of the storms. By the way blueharley.....congrats on sparing the little one from becoming road pizza!!!

mom_of_three 10 years ago

No basement, just crawlspace under the stairs. No, we're not ready for a tornado. But if there is a threat, I get ready in a jiffy. I am also one of those who would love to watch the clouds, but it drives my hubby crazy.

trinity 10 years ago

i live in a trailer. need i say more? :)

jonas 10 years ago

Sure! Got my binoculars, a six-pack, and a nice pair of running shoes. All set.

sgtwolverine 10 years ago

Well, I'm not sure. I haven't really been following the sport, so I don't know how good Kansas is supposed to be this season. Besides, Michigan isn't very good at it, so I never have much reason to follow it anyway.

sunflower_sue 10 years ago

Expanding on Katie's advice about the child safety seats, I have procured a roller-coaster car that seats 4. Getting it down to the basement was not easy, but I think the effort will pay off come tornado season.

adriennerm 10 years ago

No I'm not ready for a tornado. I moved here from Chicago. When they spotted one by Hy-Vee last year on the 4th of July; I almost *#@) myself. I was in my closet for the remainder of the day. Just me and my handheld radio. My daughter had to bait me out with a steak.

wysiwyg69 10 years ago

I will be ok,I just took a shower, so I will just kiss my ass good-bye

billbodiggens 10 years ago

Let's see... have new batteries in my video camera... yep, I'm ready......

hopper 10 years ago

Yep. Everything is in the basement and ready to be used.

RedwoodCoast 10 years ago

Yeah, I'm prepared... to jump in my car and go after the things. A friend of mine and I actually chased the 2003 Lawrence tornado from out near Overbrook all the way to Lawrence where we saw it hit the apartment buildings. It was pretty surreal, as it was not only my first tornado, but it also tore some things up right before my eyes. I've seen numerous funnel cloud touch-downs and wall clouds since then, but I have yet to track another full-fledged tornado.

Linda Aikins 10 years ago

R_T - what did the coconuts tree say during the hurricane?

I will run to my basement and crouch around all my handweights and pool cues I have stored by the window. I think I will be OK. Then I'll just crawl under my spousal unit!

Kat Christian 10 years ago

I have no basement. Question: Why has Lawrence built so many houses without basements, especially being in tornado alley? Anyway, There is absolutely no place to go in my house. I have 3 closets and all of them are packed to the hilt with stuff. It would take me half hour to clean them out just to sit in them which they aren't big enough to get one adult, a child and a 60lb dog and a cat. My house is very, very small and a one level house and I wouldn't be caught dead in the crawl space with all those bugs and spiders. That would seem more dangerous to me. So I'm just hoping for the neighbor - they have a basement and pray we make it over to their house in time and that they are home. If not, welllllllllllllllllllllllllll don't know PRAY I guess. It is scary isn't it?

coolmom 10 years ago

yep, i have rope, goggles, a six pack and bbq otter steaks. i think its a go.

Layne Moore 10 years ago

Considering a tornado can come out of the sky throw a Volvo at me at 200 miles per hour, I'm probably as prepared as the next guy. Ron White said it best... "it's not THAT the wind is a blowin.. it's WHAT the wind is a blowin."

sunflower_sue 10 years ago

Does anyone else think that Brittani looks a little too much like Katie Tornado?

gogoplata 10 years ago

I watched Twister last week, so I'm ready.

jumpin_catfish 10 years ago

I have a front porch which serves will as an observation platform. I accidently drove directly forward the tornado that hit K-mart many years back it scared the heck out of me but I still go outside to watch and listen instead of taking cover.

K_Verses_The_World 10 years ago

Nahum 1:3 The LORD is slow to anger and great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.

sunflower_sue 10 years ago

Py, I bought it from snap...just one of his many business enterprises.
We also have a cd player (battery, of course) cued to blast Aerosmith so that it feels just like Disney World.

jonas 10 years ago

BABBOY: It would be okay, except that jonus is one of my evil clones, half-man, half-machine.

GretchenJP 10 years ago

"Yes. We have a safe place to go with a radio, flashlight, some candles and plenty of wine."

  • Steve Knoll, retreat center owner, Topeka

Now THAT'S prepared!

coolmom 10 years ago

RI, thats funny. i guess i am prepared for more things than i thought lol.

SpeedRacer 10 years ago

Yep. Got my ripped boxers and flannel robe and been practicing saying "It was pandelerium!" To the news crew.

Ceallach 10 years ago

Same as usual so no not really. A closet big enough for my hairy children and myself. It's worked for several decades so I think we will be okay. Besides, I am a total believer in timing. If it's your time no shelter will be adequate.

What did we do to deserve such a cheery question?

Ceallach 10 years ago

SpeedRacer, if you don't have removable teeth you probably won't even get on camera :)

Flap Doodle 10 years ago

Speaking of various enterprises, I want to say that Snap's Pleather Barn had nothing to do with the Pleather gear featured in the new PETA ad campaign. I dare not include a link.

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