Thursday, April 28, 2016

If you live in a homeowner's association neighborhood and like it, God bless you.

I couldn't handle other people being able to control what I do on my own property, that I paid for, or still paying for.

If you don't like it, sell your house and move! Don't ask me to lobby congress to get you out of a contract (yes contract, agreement, covenant) that you signed when you bought the house. I'm in the middle of an email argument with people who want a law exempting them from the antenna limitations in most HOA rules and want my help throwing their temper tantrum. Because I disagree with them and don't live in an HOA myself, I'm "hardly qualified to discuss it intelligently."

Yes, that's the way to get people on your side.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Driving during a tornado warning....

There has been a lot of discussion over the last few years about the hazards of trying to drive out of the path of a tornado, especially in a large city. We know early in the morning what our tornado risk will be for that day. If you don't feel your home is safe, make plans ahead of time and leave BEFORE warnings are issued. If you are still home when the sirens sound it's too late. Take cover immediately and use blankets, pillows, helmets, etc to protect yourself from debris. The innermost room should survive all but the strongest tornadoes but YOU WILL DIE in your car if hit by even a weak one. I repeat, *YOU WILL DIE* if a tornado hits your car with you in it.

Don't use me as an example. Driving in severe weather is what I do. We have annual safety training which covers incidents from last season. Even with training we lost three professional chasers and two amateurs on May 31, 2013. Several others were injured. I keep my distance from danger and I have communication with trusted experts to keep me out of harm's way. You can't rely on the street by street radar analysis given on TV or radio. Those can be inaccurate because radar is seeing thousands of feet up in the air, not on the ground. Relying on a radar app on your phone isn't a good idea either for the same reason, plus it might be 10, 20, or even 30 minutes out of date. Besides, thousands of extra cars on the road jeopardizes the lives of those who NEED to be out there.

If you are already in your car when a tornado warning comes out find a solid building to take shelter in. A hospital might be able to take you in or most big chain stores have emergency plans and a safe place to take cover. If you have nowhere else to go, the freezer in a convenience store is somewhat reinforced. Don't go to a school and cause security issues.

I will be repeating this message throughout the spring and am not apologizing for the duplication. This is lifesaving information that I want my friends and their friends and THEIR friends to see and think about.

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