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Posted Thursday, June 5, 2008, at 9:34 AM

Now that we've moved to Nebraska and obtained a programmable weather radio, I wonder why anyone would not have one. The last couple days have been big weather makers, and I'm sure the little radios can be lifesavers.

My weather radio is fully programmable so I can add or delete counties that are under the gun weatherwise. We live almost on the county line with two other counties, and have those counties programmed to alert us when storms are in those areas as well as our own county, but the storm activity in those counties reported has always been well away from our place, and the alerts for our home county have been spot on and timely.

Now I appreciate knowing where a storm is coming from, but between the number of thunderstorm, flood, and tornado watches and warnings, we seem to be alerted more than I anticipated. The dang thing makes me jump out of my chair even set on it's "low" setting, and hearing about a distant flash flood watch in the middle of the night isn't my favorite way to wake up and I'm considering dropping the alerts for the two nearby counties and see if we get killed.

What do you do?

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Brian, Do it like we did when I was a kid. Sleep through the whole thing, and see if we woke up alive the next day. Of course, we didn't have them-thar-nasty eeeeelectronic gadgets then. Sorry, I have one also, and I'm just making light of the situation.

I have had people ask me if I was ever afraid of dieing hundreds of feet below the surface of the ocean in a submarine. I almost always answered that 'no, I grew up in southern Nebraska.'

Calculate how large this area, and how proportionatly small a tornado is, and you find that more people are killed or injured, each year, by riding a bicycle.

If that does not help, I don't blame you. I hear mine, at night, but by the time I can get untangled from my breathing equipment, I miss the alert.

How about: Turn off the radio, sleep in the basement, under the work bench, and if you wake up in the morning looking at a blue sky, you will know that you were visited in the night, by the 'house fairy (especially if there is a coin under your pillow),' or, perchance a tornado.

Waking up is the important part. Oh, that is what I said at the beginning.

Shalom in Christ, Arley Steinhour

-- Posted by Navyblue on Thu, Jun 5, 2008, at 8:21 PM


Back in '58, there was a farmer up Frenchman Creek, between Wauneta and Imperial -- if memory serves.

They lived in a big drafty, two story frame house his great-grandfather built.

Preparing to build a new modern home during a period of great harvests and decent prices, he excavated for a 4,000 sq. ft. open-front basement and built it of concrete, with a pre-stressed concrete T-Beam roof.

They did a half glass front and semi-finished the basement with a kitchen and baths.

Covered the roof with tarred roofing paper, then stacked wheat straw four deep on that, put big tarps over the straw and heaped dirt on the tarps.

Then they moved into the basement for the winter, planning to build the main floor the next spring and summer.

The last I heard they never moved back above ground.

Discovered that earth sheltered that way, they had:

No Drafts;

Could heat the whole thing with one fireplace and a couple of small Franklin stoves;

Consequently their heating bills disappeared since they were burning wood from deadfalls along Frenchman Creeek.

They didn't even know when a full northern plains blizzard hit until they looked out the next morning.

I've seen much better engineered and designed Earth Sheltered or Underground homes since.

Consequently, you could not get me to live back in the hail and tornado belt except with an Earth Sheltered home.

Eliminate maintenance, cut heating and cooling costs by at least 80%, reduce insurance costs, virtually eliminate fire risk, totally eliminate fears of tornadoes, enjoy a quiet, comfortable life.

-- Posted by bigsurmac on Fri, Jun 6, 2008, at 5:05 AM

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