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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.”

Comments

cool 6 years, 1 month ago

yes, my house is a bunker

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

TOB..good pleather..but the hairdo is awful! I also noticed that for a having a sexy outfit, she didn't even LOOK like she WANTED a Klondike bar.

In our neighborhood, previously hit, we think of it a bit different. Preparedness means placing bets on which house will be a total loss, and how many hours before the KC news crews come put their satelite trucks in that same driveway. Dibs are also called getting to put lawn chairs on the east or west side of that same driveway, to watch. Sun in the morning, sun in the afternoon. How many news helicopters will fly over head and who's? Bets on when the electricity will be turned back on. Who's the hottest officer that came to your door during the first 24 hours to see if you are alright? (They must have brought in models for the last tornado..those guys are never the ones who give out tickets LOL. We would finish the business at hand, thank them, shut the door and just crack up in wonder. Of course waiting until they were out of earshot.)

How long before the apartment people walk through our yards to step under the "do not cross" yellow tape to get back into their apartments from the backside.

How much glass can be picked up from who's yard.By weight.

Arts committee gets ready for the judging/awards for houses fully plastered in loose attic insulation. Then dibs are called on who gets to use who's power sprayer first.

Bets on who will loose the most fence boards, prizes accordingly.

Committees to discuss how long to keep the fridge closed after the power is out, and how long the beer will stay cold.

My favorite..guess just how many cars will drive through broken glass, nails and boards to sight see afterwards?

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Ceallach (Anonymous) says:

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.


Giggling here..so, Ceal, just how many tornados have hit your house during several decades, that this wonder closet has saved you from?

( I couldn't resist ) Love ya Ceal ! And do your children know you call them hairy?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 1 month ago

Ceal, "If it's your time no shelter will be adequate." Pretty damn fatalistic there... Sounds like defeatism. Where is your free will?

Never give up. Never give in. Never surrender.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 1 month ago

The sad part of tornado preparedness... Yesterday I asked the new junior high staff, "with all this glass, where do the kids go during a tornado"? Yesterday the answer was "I don't know" Today at 1:30, I hope they knew where to go.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month 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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Ceallach 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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Ceallach 6 years, 1 month 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?

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ChristmasCarol 6 years, 1 month ago

To answer Sunshine noise's question about: Why houses in Kansas are built without basements even though we are up tornado alley. It is because we are also in the remainder of what is left of a flood plain actually and so with the ground the way it is we are lucky we are not in a sink hole as well after nearly living in a swamp of up the river that would be a lake up half south lawrence if it were not for Clinton Dam.

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Mariann 6 years, 1 month ago

I don't know what I would do."

  • Miranda Maxey, homemaker, Lenexa

Hmmmm. I bet she knows all about american idol.

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SpeedRacer 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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coolmom 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

Py -

There is a storm spotter class on March 20th. It is free and run by the NWS.

http://www.wibw.com/weather/headlines/13976042.html

I was spotter (mind out of gutter, please) for a couple years, before the little one was born. Be prepared for lots of driving. That's pretty much the only downside.

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GretchenJP 6 years, 1 month 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!

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jonas 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 1 month 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.

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Pywacket 6 years, 1 month ago

I go out onto the porch to see if I can see anything, then I go to the basement. If things seem exceptionally dicey, I eliminate the gawking-from-the-porch step.

Putting it into perspective, the odds of getting hit (even during a warning, while standing on the porch looking) are less than the odds of getting creamed in a motor vehicle accident any old day. I don't want to take dumb chances, but I would like to see a tornado and maybe get a photo or two some day. I may decide to become a chaser once all the kids are out of the house.

Sgt~ Are you kidding me? Michigan no good at the sport of tornado generating? Maybe the rotation dissipates by the time the storm travels that far inland (to AA), but SW Michigan is always under watches or warnings in the spring & summer as storms form over the lake & roll east.

When I was in my teens, a bad one hit downtown Kalamazoo, and another one hit the Galesburg/ Augusta area. Last year was pretty active--I remember talking to my stepmom while she was waiting in her basement one night for the all-clear. I believe that Michigan ranks fairly high in terms of which states see the most tornado activity--certainly, I don't hear the sirens go off here any more than I ever did back home.

SunSue~ Your basement sounds like the funnest place to be in a tornado. Where do you get a used roller-coaster car?

Anyone who has no basement--take refuge in your bathroom. Because of the demands of plumbing, the walls are generally the stoutest in the house. Throw cushions & pillows in the tub, crowd in with the kiddies, & ride it out!

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

If the headline had read, "Get ready, the sirens are going to blow today!" , I might have read it early this morning. Before the alarm sounded.

But, no, it didn't tell us right up front, so I didn't read it. I told my daughter as I found it, "Well, If I had read this last night." Daughter,"Good one, mom". daughter rolls eyes once again..number 823,601

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K_Verses_The_World 6 years, 1 month 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.

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jumpin_catfish 6 years, 1 month 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.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Is said more counties than Geary, but it was just not right. Then it came on again many minutes later saying required monthly test. The first one said, "Tornado Warning" and nothing about a test.

Thanks for the info.

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Windlass 6 years, 1 month ago

Douglas and Geary counties? Geary County is west, past Topeka. Not close. Geary County is Fort Riley, Junction City. No on the question.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

MD -

It was a statewide test today for the emergency folks. You can huff away in peace.

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gogoplata 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

Did anyone else's tv say it was a "Warning for Douglas, Geary.." like ours did?(The first time the sirens went off) There were two of us here, just making sure we hadn't inhaled too many fumes or something.

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bobberboy 6 years, 1 month ago

Yea, I've got all my chasing gear ready to go.

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 1 month ago

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

The question is about tornado preparedness... Not astronaut love triangles.

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

"Question: Why has Lawrence built so many houses without basements..."

Because building a house on a slab is $20 - 30IK cheaper.

If I lived in a slab house and was worried about twisters, I would get one of those shelters added to the back yard. There are below ground and above ground models. I think you can get one for under 2 grand. A couple of these shelters can be seen behind houses on the east side of Haskell between 23rd and 27th.

When I did live in a slab house though, I was the guy out on the porch.

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Layne Moore 6 years, 1 month 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."

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coolmom 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Hold onto your n*ts, here comes one heck of a b* j.

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Kat Christian 6 years, 1 month 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?

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Gootsie 6 years, 1 month 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!

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RedwoodCoast 6 years, 1 month 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.

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

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

Sounds like something Hannibal would say.

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Windlass 6 years, 1 month ago

Honestly no. I could use that chimerical overnight stay in the land of Oz. Just don't think I'd be all that far from home. And oh! My house could land on that empirical wizard George Bush! All the little people would thank me very much.

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hopper 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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BABBOY 6 years, 1 month ago

Sorry mispelled Jonas. Just a bad speller.

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BABBOY 6 years, 1 month ago

No, nothing specific.

I am kind with Jonus on this one only four wheel drive truck with plenty HP could be nice addition to his list.

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billbodiggens 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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wysiwyg69 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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adriennerm 6 years, 1 month 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.

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 1 month 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.

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 1 month 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.

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jonas 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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ChristmasCarol 6 years, 1 month ago

Yep, my little black dog is in the backyard, the teacher has her bike with a big brim hat, her sister has red/white striped socks and black heels, there are a bunch of short people waiting somewhere in the south and there is a scarecrow in a field and some metal dude in the woods.

I think I got tornado season preparedness down.

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trinity 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 1 month ago

Not prepared enough... Rising fuel, food, and other costs are pinching my ammo budget.

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mom_of_three 6 years, 1 month 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.

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Jason Bowers-Chaika 6 years, 1 month ago

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

KansasEqualityCoalition.org

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JJE007 6 years, 1 month 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.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 1 month ago

Did you hear what one coconut tree said to the other coconut tree during a hurricane?

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 1 month ago

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

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 1 month ago

I've got me a basement, a flashlight, duct tape, and brown liquor. I've got some secondary identification stuff in the safety deposit box at the bank. I guess I'm as prepared as one could be.

Blue - Get the Otter Pizza at Papa Keno's. Delicious. Also, I'm not much of a Nascar fan, but wouldn't Tony Stewart have hit the otter out of pure joy?

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ksdivakat 6 years, 1 month 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!!!

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blue73harley 6 years, 1 month ago

I have stocked up on qualudes in preparation for Katie Tornadies spring forecasts.

In other news, there was an otter sighting this morning. The little critter was in the east bound lane of 31st between La. and Haskell heading south. Thanks to my Tony Stewart-like driving skills, he did not become road pizza.

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Multidisciplinary 6 years, 1 month ago

After a lifetime of spending every storm in the basement, and having a prepared space for babies/toddlers (car seat in special room for protection), emergency needs,spare clothing, money, keys, lights, radio, water, three sided concrete room away from windows deep in house, and something heavy to cover everyone, etc.... After the tornado tore up our neighborhood, I no longer even go the basement. I just don't care anymore.Come and get me.

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