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Old 02-22-2011, 02:05 PM
 
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We just moved to north Mississippi and our home is like most in the area - without a basement.

I've always lived with a basement and this is new to me.

Anyway, I have quite an unhealthy anxiety about tornadoes and I'm wondering - how do you protect yourself during a storm? I know that the traditional advice is to go to in interior room, like a bathroom, and climb into the bathtub. But seriously - from the homes I've seen leveled, I can't imagine that would really help that much.

And, reading recent articles like this has me a little freaked out:
Severe Weather Outbreak Ahead? - weather.com

Any advice?
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Old 02-22-2011, 02:10 PM
 
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I don't know where you are in MS, but in many areas, the groundwater levels are high. Your basement wouldn't be much good to you if it flooded. We always went into closets when storms came through. If you're very concerned, you could look into building an outdoor cellar. You can waterproof it and rig it with electric. My grandfather did this in OK. My mom said the cellar was nicer than the house!

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Old 02-22-2011, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Northwest Hills, CT
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We just moved to north Mississippi and our home is like most in the area - without a basement.

I've always lived with a basement and this is new to me.

Anyway, I have quite an unhealthy anxiety about tornadoes and I'm wondering - how do you protect yourself during a storm? I know that the traditional advice is to go to in interior room, like a bathroom, and climb into the bathtub. But seriously - from the homes I've seen leveled, I can't imagine that would really help that much.

And, reading recent articles like this has me a little freaked out:
Severe Weather Outbreak Ahead? - weather.com

Any advice?

So funny you posted this because I'm afraid of tornadoes too! I'll be moving to Smith County by the end of the year, which, according to the National Weather Service, is the most dangerous county in the country for major tornadoes.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: MS
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There are a few companies that will install a tornado shelter in your garage. They dig through the concrete and install a metal box. During normal days, you park your car on top of it. When bad weather comes, you make sure the car is positioned so you can hide in the shelter. Google "ground zero storm shelter".

Most of us just take cover in an interior closet. That will save you in all but the worst storms.

Get a weather radio so that you don't sleep through a warning. I picked up a programmable one that I set for warnings and specific counties only. I don't want it going off all of the time. On the other hand, last May it went off about 20 times over a weekend. I've also watched Storm Track radar on TV where rotation was guaranteed on the ground and headed for my house. It passed to the south of me.

The last thing to remember is keep your ID on you during the storm. It makes it easier to identify your body.
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Old 02-22-2011, 03:28 PM
 
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here in the Delta the ground water level can be less than 12" down during winter/spring, thus basements are rare. if the area you are in has been hit by tornadoes in recent years, check with the local emergency management office and see if grants are still available. they will pay for a large portion of the cost of a safe room or in ground storm shelter.
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