Help me get through Kansas in one piece.
April 30, 2010 3:45 AM Subscribe
I will be driving through Kansas for the first time soon, at the peak of tornado season, and tornadoes really frighten me. What should I know, bring or do to be prepared for them?
posted by Ashley801 to science & nature (34 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I am an East Coast, city person, and am completely ignorant about tornado safety when on the highway.
I have read a lot of conflicting information about whether you should try to drive away at a right angle to the tornado if you can, or whether it's best to just get out of your car right then and lie down in a ditch if you are not near shelter. Which is best?
Does lying down in a ditch really do anything to keep you safe? I'd think it would be easier for you to be picked up and thrown around by wind that way, or get hit by something, than staying in the car. I also do not think I have the mental fortitude to calmly lie there completely exposed and watch the tornado bear down on me. Plus, I would have to get my dog to lie there too, which would be difficult.
Are there public shelters along the road? Are there signs for them, or should I find out in advance where they are? Do they allow dogs? If I were out in the country and the only thing nearby was someone's home, would it be normal to stop and ask if I could shelter there, or is this not done?
How comprehensive is coverage by the radio weather news and by warning sirens? Again, concerned about how well in advance I'd be notified if I were out in the middle of nowhere.
Is there any reliable way for judging how fast away a tornado is and how quickly it is moving?
One big concerns is that I would be traveling with my large, heavy, arthritic, and stubborn dog, and it is difficult and takes time for me to move him in and out of a car, and I would have to get him into wherever I was waiting out the storm.
Please give me all your tips.