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April 29, 2011
Lessons Learned from Tuscaloosa Tornado - 3
by Tim MacWelch
Like a great many Americans, I didn’t sleep very well on Wednesday, April 27. I stayed up late watching the TV, not for my usual shows, but for the latest tornado update.
With a tornado warning in effect in my end of my county, and the wind ripping at my home’s siding, I wondered how I could keep my family safe.
I wondered what exact sound I would need to hear to prompt me to grab the kids and stuff them into the hall closet. I planned to leave the coats in there and sandwich the kids between the clothing to create padding and drag, in case anything managed to punch through the closet walls.
This is what I thought about as a watched the local news, and heard about the devastation, both locally in Virginia and throughout the region.
April has been a rough month for storms in the American southeast. Recent deaths in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky are bringing the preliminary total to about 250, and that number is expected to rise, according to officials.
In Alabama alone, between half a million and 1 million people are without power. It looks like we are just beginning a long, hard storm season.
So what can you do to prepare for this kind of threat?
Tell us your tornado stories, or your emergency plans, in the comments.