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When the tornado sirens go off, what do you do?

Response Percent Votes
Go outside
48% 1032
Turn on the TV
27% 596
Take cover
19% 421
Turn on my comptuer
4% 90
Total 2139


Boston_Corbett 9 years, 1 month ago

I twitter with J Kealing and other weatherpalooza intelligencia.

mom_of_three 9 years, 1 month ago

How about "all of the above." I turn on the tv and the computer, figure out where it is at, then if I can, try to go outside and look. Spent 99% of my life of Kansas and haven't seen a tornado (in person) yet. Some would call that lucky, but I didnt say I wanted to be in one. Just want to see one, from a very safe distance.

alakazam 9 years, 1 month ago

i go sit in front of the computer and tv by front of a window with a clear view if the skies

Fred Whitehead Jr. 9 years, 1 month ago

I sit and mull my career choice, that I should have been a weatherman. Where else can you have a job, get paid, and be wrong so often and still keep your job.

classclown 9 years, 1 month ago

I go outside and check to see if it's yet another false alarm. Are they capable of turning on the sirens only in the area(s) where there is actually danger and not in areas where there is none?

To keep sounding the sirens in areas where there is no actual danger is basically fear mongering and quite frankly irresponsible.

LogicMan 9 years, 1 month ago

Well, logically, we do nothing when they "go off".

When they activate, now that's more interesting!!!

Tony Holladay 9 years, 1 month ago

I grab the camera and scanner and head towards the truck.

Bucker00 9 years, 1 month ago

Whenever I hear that sound, I give thanks that the man who invented the telephone had "Bell" as his last name as opposed to "Siren". If you think 3 am phone calls are bad now...

Flap Doodle 9 years, 1 month ago

I send the lemurs down into the cellar wearing their bike helmets.

cellogrl 9 years, 1 month ago

I turn on the TV and make sure it's not over my house and THEN I go outside. :)

Beth Ennis 9 years, 1 month ago

didn't hear anything sounding like a train, so I turned on the tv and saw it was not anywhere near us. We did keep the tv tuned in though. We have a basement, but it's an old house and an old damp basement, not very comfortable, so we don't want to go down there and spend an hour or so. However, if it had looked/sounded like there was one anywhere near, I would have gone down there immediately. I'm glad they went off, otherwise we would have had no clue anything that serious was going on. I also wish they didn't have to sound the entire county's siren's at once. It would be very nice if they could only sound the ones in the immediate area. Be that as it may, the sirens still serve a purpose to keep us all aware.

Vinny1 9 years, 1 month ago

travelinggeek said, "I'm glad they went off, otherwise we would have had no clue anything that serious was going on."

Either: 1. You were not in the area of the actual storm. or 2. You need to pull your head out and take a look outside. It was pretty obvious to anyone that there was some severe storm activity in the skies above.

Starness34 9 years, 1 month ago

I think people are too casual about severe weather and act as if it is an inconvenience. If the sirens go off that means you need to take cover, the weather conditions are perfect for a tornado. The inconvenience is worth your life or the life of another.

jumpin_catfish 9 years, 1 month ago

Wait a few minutes for someone to blame it on the conservative right-wingers, which of course are going to cause old people to starve and be mean to captured terrorist with mass hysteria and tornado sirens…

denak 9 years, 1 month ago

I think like most native Kansans, I pretty much ignore it. I'll open the door, look outside, if there is nothing blowing around, I'll just leave the door open, turn on the t.v. and pretty much wait to see what happens if anything.

Yes, that is a very blase attitude but after 30 plus years living in Kansas, living through an earthquake in California and a hurricane in Japan, a tornado just isn't all that interesting.


bearded_gnome 9 years, 1 month ago

didn't have this option: turn on radio/scanner. that's what I do.

we'll see about tonight, won't we?

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 1 month ago

I am using a digital camera for the first time so I want to take a really good picture of a tornado. I look at radar on the Internet while looking over at the television now and then. My daughter lives near Walmart and she called me and I could hear sirens where she lived as well as at 11th and Vermont. Nothing ever happened. So from now on I am just going to totally ignore the siren. And, hope I don't miss a good picture.

liquideve 9 years, 1 month ago

I load up the hot air balloon and take a ride.

Danimal 9 years, 1 month ago

I usually go outside and look a the clouds if it's not too rough out.

bearded_gnome 9 years, 1 month ago

two other options they could have added to the poll: e. I turn on the weather channel. f. I turn on the weather channel for the wonderful jazzy music and the informative programs that have nothing to do with current conditions.

Irish Hermicleo, you are an idiot, change your name to casualty.

gphawk89 9 years, 1 month ago

Grab the video camera and run outside, of course.

RoeDapple 9 years, 1 month ago

I turn the volume down on the weather radio, throw a pillow over it and try to get back to sleep.

Jeff Kilgore 9 years, 1 month ago

Here in Jefferson County, the tornado siren means that the tornado has already passed over and you survived. It's a happy sound.

yoornotmee 9 years, 1 month ago

I go outside and see how serious the weather looks. Then I go inside, check (don't have TV), pack the diaper bag, put socks next to my shoes, put harnesses on the dogs, locate the cat carriers, put the cats somewhere where I can find them quickly, answer the phone ("you're in a tornado!" "no I'm not"), go back outside to reassess, then resume wasting away on the Internet.

Rabbitgoesthump 9 years, 1 month ago

Where is option :: grab police scanner camera and go chasing?

i went tonight again till it got to dark...

classclown 9 years, 1 month ago

I'm pretty sure Katie Horner was in charge of sounding the sirens in Lawrence yesterday.

Curtis Lange 9 years, 1 month ago

Why's that? The sirens were VERY warranted for the conditions in the city yesterday. Multiple funnels were seen over the city as well as the reports of rotation. I, myself, witnessed rotation that looked like it could have dropped a tornado at anytime just west of Bob Billings and Kasold.

Not to mention that after all this was going on, a confirmed tornado DID form just east of the city.

asonesign175 9 years, 1 month ago

i was getting ready to leave for Show time, was about two minutes from leaving acctually, then the sirens went off, and my whole family( all 14 of us) ran outsided- including the dog to look at what was there, we were out there for about thirty minutes before we started to see the clouds that were rotating, then about ten minutes after that they were right over us and the wind went from close to nothing to close to 50 mph!, it was pretty sweet, the sand hitting you in the face wasnt that great but the storm was awesome!, but ya after the rotation went over the house it calmed back down and then started to down pour on us, and then i left for showtime.... an hour and a half late haha

tunahelper 9 years, 1 month ago

go outside with a Bud Lite Lime! and a bag of Doritos.

number3of5 9 years, 1 month ago

I pay attention to the weather by means of the television and computer. I listen to the sirens go off. As for taking the precaution of going to the basement, I leave that to my own feeling of the weather outside. At night it is harder to assess the clouds than in the daylight, but the wind, rain, sounds, or lack of them all carry messages about the storm.

notajayhawk 9 years, 1 month ago

How come there was no choice for:

5) Bend over, place your head between your knees, and kiss your ___ goodbye!

The closest I've been to a tornado was when I lived in another state. The tornado warning was set to expire in 3 minutes when the power went out - a half-hour later, with the power still out, I went by the last information I had and assumed the warning was over and the danger had passed. It was after midnight, but in the dark I could see the trees outside blowing wildly. The cats were fascinated, standing at the open door to the deck and watching it all, while I read a book by candle light. The next day my co-workers asked how close the tornado had come to my place, and I said "Tornado?" After buying a paper and seeing the map of the track, it literally hopped right over me. Never heard a siren, even with the door open.

passionatelibra 9 years, 1 month ago

I watch the TV, log into NWS/NOAA and look out the window. The sirens caught my attention but I have to admit I was a little confused. They would sound then stop then sound then stop. Could someone please explain the reasoning behind that? Nicely? Thank you!

lawrence_kansas_usa 9 years, 1 month ago

The house I currently live in does not have a basement. In the past, when the tornado siren has gone off.... I just sat there in my chair and prayed.

Leslie Swearingen 9 years, 1 month ago

We are all rats in a maze created by aliens and now and then they set off the sirens to see what we will do. It's all about how we learn about pleasure and pain and the difference. If anyone has a better theory, let's have it. :-)

passionatelibra 9 years, 1 month ago

Irish - That explains why I love cheese so much!!!

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