posted on May, 12 2011 @ 02:36 PM
We know the typical things to do and places to "hide" when a tornado seems headed out way. I had reason to think about those things late this
morning when it got dark enough with an approaching storm to turn on my security lights. I came up with a couple of ideas that may prevent injuries
or even save your life during a tornado striking your living quarters.
Sure, hunker down in the bathroom either in the tub if it is a steel tub or between it and the commode if they are fairly close together. Close that
bathroom door and lock it and have flashlight in hand.
OK, fairly standard stuff. Let's move back a few minutes to the time you first considered an approaching danger. How were you dressed? Typically,
in one fashion or another for being around the house, right? Maybe even flip-flops?
Change that! Think survival mode. Change clothes. Put on two pair of heavy-weight pants. Denium if possible. Yes, two pair, for skin protection.
Also, put on a heavy shirt AND a heavy coat or jacket, zipped up and with a hood if possible. Put a bike helmet on your noggin'. Put on
ankle-protecting boots, the longer the length the better. Gloves of some type. Got a pair of those handyman safety glasses? Jam them onto your
face. A dust mask wouldn't hurt either.
These tips may seem extreme at first thought, but they are all simple precautions that will cost you nothing to be prepared for, and may save you from
injury or death. (And if the house blows away, you will at least be dressed for the outdoors!)
There is that old Zen saying that I love to toss about: Expect nothing. Be prepared for anything. That is the basic rule that you see with any
professional working in an environment of danger. In your particular instance, the normal safety of your home must be seen as a potential disastor
zone that if it starts flying apart, may be very hazardous to your well-being. In its apparent protection are inherent dangers also.
Just don't go walking out in the street dressed that way when the storm blows over and never touched your house. Neighbors will laugh. But maybe