Yesterday, 3-2-12, with the expected bad weather, I decided I would work from home. As I sat at the computer, it started raining and the wind started blowing hard. I figured it had to be a small thunderstorm, cause the big stuff was not expected until later. Reaching over, I turned my scanner on on, and the first words sounds out of the scanner, was debris and trash blowing across the road. Which with the wind, that seemed reasonable, but next words really got my attention. Tornado on the ground, less than a mile from my house, moving toward my house! I jumped up, grabbed my boots, and jumped into my semi safe room, also know as a closet. Pulling the door closed, I realized I had nothing really with me, a quick patting of my pocket reminded me I had my EDC. As small as my EDC is, knife, light, and Zippo, it reassured me I had something.
I was very lucky and the storm passed harmlessly by, at least for me., unfortunately, not all my neighbors were so lucky. I did learn a few things from this experience, first off do not depend on the storms expected time of arrival. Do not depend on a tornado warning to become more vigilant. I learned I need to be more active in my own weather monitoring, I do not need to relax and let someone else protect me. The people protecting us, do a great job, but they are not perfect, who is. No one saw this tornado before it was on the ground, and the sirens, they sounded, only after I was in my shelter. One other thing is, get a scanner and program it with your local emergency frequencies. The police and spotters reports gave me a play by pay as the tornado marched up my road. If I had depended on the TV or radio for my information, and that storm was 100yards more North I might not be sitting here.