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04-25-2014 12:36 PM
dogfaeries
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Well everyone stay safe this weekend. I hate to be the one to post bad news but better be informed than sorry. Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend

I'm sticking with Aaron Tuttle as my go-to weather guy!
04-24-2014 04:56 PM
nktigger99
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Well everyone stay safe this weekend. I hate to be the one to post bad news but better be informed than sorry. Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend
Ya, need to get our generator gassed up and ready to go tonight or tomorrow.

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04-24-2014 04:55 PM
nktigger99 Worse case is I have to lower Abby down...my one twin is small for his age and I have to carry him....the other kids can get down on their own....we have a fan light unit that came with the shelter plus a lantern we bought after may 31st.

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04-24-2014 02:48 PM
kbella999 Well everyone stay safe this weekend. I hate to be the one to post bad news but better be informed than sorry. Forecasters Are Already Predicting a Massive Tornado Outbreak This Weekend
04-24-2014 01:29 PM
jocoyn Can you practice practice practice......maybe speed drills with the family and the dog? One on one with the dog? Dogs learn to go up and down ladders all the time so it is a matter of training and practice.
04-24-2014 12:53 PM
dogfaeries I will have a spot down there to stack two 36" wire crates, and a smaller crate for the Siamese and Italian Greyhound to share. I know these dogs, and if I don't have a way to secure the dogs already in the shelter, then they will just try to bail back out when I go up to get another dog. I can say that I am not looking forward to being in the shelter with an extremely vocal Siamese cat!
04-24-2014 12:42 PM
angierose We are lucky enough to have a basement and to not be exactly in tornado alley, but I still fear tornadoes like nothing else. If you have a ladder down to your safe room, could you try some kind of sling or lowering harness to get the dogs down? With multiple animals it might be time consuming though, and more time sure isn't available when those storms hit.
04-24-2014 09:58 AM
dogfaeries
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I fear that is how my kids will be....today it is all dark skies and lil Jimmy just left for the bus stop scared to death....I told him he will be okay but if the weather gets bad at all I will come pick him up. The school has said an absence due to weather will be excused.

We had to take a loan out for the shelter....hard writing out that 100$ check every month but totally worth it.

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I know for a fact that if my son was grade school age NOW, I'd have to homeschool him. There is absolutely no way I would've been able to get him to go to Briarwood ever again, after what happened last year. Add in his Aspergers, and there would be no reasoning this through with him.

I'm so sorry your little ones have to go through this. As a mother, Its pretty stressful dealing with frightened kids, even 23 year old ones. They've seen first hand what a tornado can do. Hard to argue with that, when you try to tell them it'll be okay. We have the best meteorologists in the world, literally in our backyards here, so that's a plus for us.
04-24-2014 09:57 AM
nktigger99 We applied for the rebate but didn't get it either

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04-24-2014 09:52 AM
kbella999 I'm glad you finally got a shelter. If I can train my big babbies to get down there, then you can too. Were you able to get one of those shelter rebates? I am technically OKC and I applied for one but didn't get it. My shelter is in the ground in the garage not outside. I didn't think the outside one would work for us. My dogs won't go out in the rain. LOL

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Tornados. Ugh. We are taught not to get in our cars and drive away from them. For a good reason. Look at all the people trapped in their cars during the May 31st one last year, trying to get away. I won't have my shelter this weekend when they are predicting bad weather, but I'm sticking it out here.

Belinda, we've been on the waiting list for an Oz safe room since the week after the tornado last year. They finally called us yesterday, after we decided to go ahead and get the underground shelter. So, an 11 month wait. I wish I could find a place to put the above ground shelter, but after looking at it for almost a year, we just can't figure out how to make it work. It would make it a piece of cake to load all these dogs in the shelter! We don't have the traditional big square Oklahoma backyard. I live in the zero lot line neighborhood, with our long, narrow L-shaped yards. So, underground it is. According to Gary, we all need to be underground anyway, LOL.
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