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Alabama Disaster Will Inspire You to Be Prepared With a Storm Shelter

Updated on May 21, 2011

Prepare for the worst and expect the best in all situations. With the tornado’s that ripped through the South on April, 27, 2011, many people get motivated to try to get more prepared to handle a disaster.

In the neighboring of Alabama, if your home wasn’t destroyed by a tornado or high straight line winds; you may not have electricity. TVA’s power source to the Browns Ferry Nuclear plant was damaged so over a million homes are without power. Very few businesses have generators and some that did were so overworked they broke down. Residents said they did not expect electricity to be restored for 4-8 days.

On Thursday, April 27, cars were driving into Tennessee from Birmingham and all towns north to buy supplies, gas, and generators. Interstate 65 was so backed up at exits (a mile or more) they were being directed to the near-by towns by the Tennessee Highway Patrol; then met by the County Police who led them to local gas stations and businesses.

One of the most popular items that were bought was a generator. They purchased all of the generators they could find in Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, and Giles County. Some of the Alabama residents were reported to be headed north as far away as Clarksville, Tn. (near the Kentucky border) and into Kentucky to pick up generators they had located.

Other popular items that were sought were spam, any canned meat or foods that need not require heating, and any camping supplies. Rumors were that the Walmart in Giles County was wiped out of almost everything because it is the first county in southern middle Tennessee on I-65.

The hotels and motels in most of Middle Tennessee were also filled to capacity and restaurants were packed with the Alabama residents.

I am sure, after the devastation in Alabama that many people will choose to install safe rooms or storm shelters in their desire to be prepared. I wouldn’t be surprised that people stock up on food and water. Can you imagine, some locals will have to travel to other counties west or north to buy their supplies?

In areas that are prone to tornados and straight line winds, there are companies that specialize in custom made storm rooms or safe rooms. Online, there are companies that will ship you a storm shelter that you install.

My grandmother had a root cellar where she stored home canned goods and vegetables. During storms, it was used as a storm shelter for her family. Today families are building root cellars in their basement or outdoors for those who do not have a basement. These will double as storm shelters just as in days of old. There are creative ways of making a root or storm shelter (like old school buses or vans) but those only work if you live outside the city limits where there are no restrictions.

I hope that everyone decides how to prepare for an emergency so that they can stay safe. And most of all I hope everyone who is able will donate to the American Red Cross in Alabama to help the survivors of this deadly tornado.




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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for visiting Ingenira. Yes, I believe you can buy insurance for tornados but I do not know how much it costs. I do need to check to see if I have tornado insurance because I live in an area that does have the threat of tornados. Luckily, we do have a basement.

      I agree it is interesting that we can buy storm shelters online but it may be cheaper to buy locally.

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      Ingenira 6 years ago

      It's interesting to read that we can actually buy storm room online and it will be delivered to our house.

      Just curious, are you able to buy insurance to recover the loss so that you have money to rebuild the house again ?

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Thanks for your comments, Tamarajo, about your experience in Minnesota. I agree with you about the storm shelters when you don't have a basement.The super cell tornados are terrible and I hope to never to be in its path.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      our area in southern Minnesota was hit by a super cell of tornadoes one of them being an F4. Fortunately most of our homes have basements in them which saved many people. The one death that did occur was a person who did not have a basement. I think a storm shelter of some kind is a must.

      How devastating the super cells in the south were. Can hardly imagine.

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      Thank you Rtalloni for your encouragement as always. I agree with you on the preparedness.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Good practical insight, anidae. Glad I checked out your latest work.

      All the devastation is hard to believe, and we do need to think about being prepared.

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      Anita Adams 6 years ago from Tennessee

      You are right, dearabbysmom, I believe in being as prepared as possible and then leaving it in God's hands.My thought's are if I am prepared maybe I can help someone else who is in need.

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      dearabbysmom 6 years ago from Indiana

      Something we all need to think about, especially as "active" weather seems to be on the rise. We can't ever be 100% safe, but it does not hurt to try to increase our odds.