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Old 11-27-2015, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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My new home doesn't have a basement and it's located in West TN. I've been talking with locals and most don't have a tornado shelter. I really hate to drop 5k for no reason. I was assuming most people in this area would have one.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:17 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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My whole family has lived in west TN for over a hundred years, and none of us had one.
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Old 11-27-2015, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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What does your family do when there's a tornado warning?
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Old 11-27-2015, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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What does your family do when there's a tornado warning?
We watch the storm coming on the TV news.

Meteorologists have the technology to tell you when a funnel cloud is near your street. Many natives here are pretty blasé about tornados.

We have a bathroom we could go in if we felt the need, but I've never felt the need to hide in a storm.
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Old 11-28-2015, 06:56 AM
 
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My new home doesn't have a basement and it's located in West TN. I've been talking with locals and most don't have a tornado shelter. I really hate to drop 5k for no reason. I was assuming most people in this area would have one.
What will you do if you get an alert or you see a tornado heading your direction? What is your plan?

You should have a plan of action when things like a tornado or other threatening events occur. For example, you should have an alternate escape route for a house fire if your primary path is engulfed in flames.
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Henry County, TN
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My realtor lived through one and has a shelter at her home which is why I'm thinking of getting one.
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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My realtor lived through one and has a shelter at her home which is why I'm thinking of getting one.
Up to you!
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Old 11-28-2015, 10:17 PM
 
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It's a personal/family decision. It does add that extra bit of security, but it is insurance against something that is already highly improbable.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to talk you out of it. It could save your family's life. But the odds of a tornado striking your property are very, very low. On top of that, the odds of a tornado that would destroy your home (and require extra shelter) are even less likely. I don't want to bore you with statistics, but it basically boils down to do you want the added piece of mind of not having to worry about the .05% chance that you are in the path of a deadly tornado.
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Old 11-29-2015, 07:01 AM
 
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I don't think one has to spend 5K to protect themselves in the event of a tornado. You just need to find or create a safe place against the destructive wind and debris.

I saw a tornado out my window earlier this year so they do happen here in middle Tennessee. I believe the further west you go the higher the chance of a tornado.

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Old 11-29-2015, 07:32 AM
 
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Call your homeowner insurance agent and talk to that person.

Ask them if your specific area is a "Tornado Alley" and does your agent know how many folks in your area see the need for a shelter, provided they can afford one.

We can all give you our opinions until the cows come in for milking but none of it matters. What your insurance agent thinks, does however

That said, I have stood at the picture window and watched tornadoes go over and not touch down until they got to town, 15 miles away.

I have been in the barn with the horse's, when they stopped eating and the hair on my arms neck & arms was literally pulled straight up. I later learned a tornado had gone over us and touched down in the town 15 miles away. There was no sound of trains --- just eerie silence.


My "go to" is the walk-in closet, that does have one outside wall on the opposite side the storms come from.

I keep a packed suitcase, bottled water in there. If I do have to head for cover, I gather up meds, my purse/car keys, and hope I don't get carried off to Oz. As far as my house dogs and cats ---- well, with no basement, if they don't come in the closet when I call them, they are all on their own, just like the horses.

I lived in SoCal five years and went thru two 4.something earthquakes. Having spent the bulk of my life somewhere east of the Mississippi, I am happier dealing with tornadoes. Storms, at least, are fascinating to watch. There is nothing fascinating about earthquakes, IMO
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