While tornadoes where I live aren't a new thing, I live in Oklahoma, they seem to be getting more common and at least this year, our season started early. Normally tornado season in Oklahoma starts in May but we have already had a lot of tornadoes this year, including one that killed five people in Woodward, Oklahoma on April 14th. And last night a tornado hit some small towns near Medford, Oklahoma, thankfully no injuries have been reported with that tornado.
Last year was a very scary year for me, for tornadoes. On Earth Day a tornado was headed straight for my town. Our sirens were going off and we were being told to take cover. I have a scanner and I was listening to the storm spotters to know when my area was in danger so I could get in the closet, thankfully right before it hit town it disappeared. It would have likely hit very close to me with the path it was on. Between that storm and the sirens going off a few other times this past year, we have been seriously looking into buying an in ground shelter.
So, what does all this have to do with climate change? Well like I talked about on my blog today, while no one weather event can be linked to climate change, the growing trend of more extreme weather is consistent with the expectations of climate scientists.
With this being the case it's more important than ever to be prepared for disasters. Last year my area experienced all kinds of extreme weather, from a major snow storm, to a 5.6 earthquake, lots of tornadoes, flooding, a major drought and wildfires. It got me thinking more about being prepared for these kinds of things.
So this leaves me with some questions for everyone, first are you prepared for a disaster? If so for how many days? Do you store canned food or have you found good options that are bpa-free? How do you store water?
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