Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Draw Them In!

As we drove northeast through Oklahoma on our way to Illinois, we passed enjoyed the beautiful green meadows and scenery along the way. The road (Hwy 69) wasn't the best traveling, as it's one of the bumpiest roads I've been on. In any case, we came to the town of Pryor, just a short distance before the turnpike (I-44).

I remember taking a marketing class and learning about appealing to your buyers if you are a seller. It's important to appeal to joys and fears. But as we passed by the car dealers on our right, we were surprised to see this sign. Most of you are probably aware of the huge number of tornadoes going through Oklahoma each year.



When we stopped to get a picture, a salesman came out to talk to us. Jake thought we might be looking for a new car, but we convinced him otherwise.  There are some rules and regulations for this "free" storm shelter.

So here's my question. I'm guessing this shelter goes into the ground up to the half way point. But would you be able to climb into this? Since I'm very claustrophobic, I'm guessing I'd take my chances in the house inside a bathtub or something. And what about air and water, etc? Hmmmm. What do you think. Would you be banned from this for any reason?

Linking in today with Two Shoes Tuesday and the words "beautiful" and "ban". Meeting up with long-time friends this evening in Morton, IL.

Linda Kay

30 comments:

biebkriebels said...

When you see the damages of a tornado, it might be wise to go underground. I still remember a movie of long ago with Sissy Spacek going underground in a field. It impressed me very much at that time.

eileeninmd said...

I would think protecting yourself is the most important thing. If it meant being safe, I would climb inside.. Have a happy day!

Lin Floyd said...

i'd rather live in a tornado free area where I do!

Revrunner said...

Certainly a lot different and less inviting than the well stocked storm cellar I remember my grandfather having.

Anvilcloud said...

That would creep me out for sure. I guess you don't have to be in there for very long if I understand correctly ... but still ...

eViL pOp TaRt said...

It's like seeking shelter in a half-buried dumpster.

whiteangel said...

That is some weird 'thing', but, better be safe if it is!

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

staring at an F3 approaching you...I'll bet you could get over your claustrophobia for ten minutes :)

Val said...

Car salesmen will do anything to sell a car. But the tornado protection. I guess if you don't have a basement, that little unit could work. Linda Kay, are you old enough to remember the fall out shelters of the fifties and early sixties? I remember watching my cousin's neighbor build one.

Gwen said...

I'm claustrophobic too. I can't go in submarines. I suppose though, faced with the real threat of being in the direct line of a tornado, I'd find a way to climb in. ;)

TexWisGirl said...

i'd like to have a storm shelter, i think. this gazebo doesn't afford any real interior rooms.

Grantham Lynn said...

How funny! Don't know why you didn't buy a new car. Have a great week.

Linda W. said...

Only in the midwest....

Mike said...

What's the most warning you get? 15 minutes? So by the time you get in there and wait for the storm to pass the most you would be in there is 10 to 20 minutes.

Does your new house have a basement or a safe room?

Josie Two Shoes said...

Because we live in a manufactured "mobile" home, we talk about this often. Tornadoes tend to reduce them to toothpicks! I have seen similar in-ground shelters, and although I am also claustrophobic, if it comes to saving our lives and our furkids lives, I guess I'd suck it up and get in there. Flying shrapnel is responsible for so many of the injuries/deaths, and I know that a bathtub or closet just isn't safe enough. I'm wondering about having that much of the shelter above ground, if it's rated to withstand the winds. Sure is tiny... arrgghh!

Gosia k said...

It is interesting you travel by car for a long distances. But your petrol is extremely cheap comapring to Europe. Your gas is 70% cheaper than in Europe so we fly for long distances

Janie Junebug said...

I couldn't stand to be in that thing. No doubt someone (probably me) would have nasty gas. Willy Dunne Wooters let me know a week or so ago that we had a tornado warning. I ignored it. Everything was fine. If I don't like something, then it doesn't exist.

Love,
Janie

The Yum List said...

Now that's a first for me to see! Thanks for sharing this one.

William Kendall said...

I'm thinking you'd have to bury most of it for it to be effective. You're not in these things for long, though.

Old Egg said...

I don't think getting into the shelter would be as bad as getting out should there be debris over the door preventing you from opening it (Seeing that you are pushing up from underneath which is very difficult). There are few places that don't have risks whether it be falling trees, tidal waves or rivers bursting their banks.

DeniseinVA said...

I've never seen anything like that before. I would feel very claustrophic in that but have visions of being shoved in there by husband :) We have only had one tornado in the 20 years of living here, that was a real fluke. Lucky compared to what others have to deal with. I wonder how many people have this particular type?

Nonnie said...

I would have to see the thing in the ground before deciding whether I would crawl in.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Linda, I'm with you -- that looks a little small for my taste! I think if I lived in tornado country I'd have a nice basement.

Carola Bartz said...

It sure it small, but if there is the very real danger of a tornado I would probably get in. You don't stay in there for very long, and it gives you protection - that's more important.

Mary Hill said...

I think people in these states are use to the procedures. I am like you I would not like to climb into a dark place underground, but with practice and because of the real dangers of tornadoes in these areas, I would learn so I could survive. Thanks for sharing this interesting article. :)

Rory Bore said...

Oh gosh, it does not look very inviting or comfy at all. but, not living in a country where we have to fear tornadoes, I suppose you'd just want to be safe, right? I am pretty sure if I saw one bearing down on my house.. I probably would hop right into that thing.
or, I'd be out with my camera.
I'm actually not sure at all which way that would go!! ha.

Wandering Wren said...

I'm guessing if I lived in a Tornado risk area I'd do all I could to protect my family but don't you think the marketing would be better the other way?
Tornado shelter with free car!! Now I'm interested :)

Patricia said...

I think seeing it up out of the ground makes it look scary. In the ground it seems it would be sort of like a storm cellar under a house. Still I wouldn't like having to use it!

Dixie@dcrelief said...

Unless faced with the dilemma I couldn't say how I'd react.

Hannah said...

It does look like a scary place to spend some time, but if a tornado were coming, I would do it. I spent some time with a little baby in 1973, in Huntsville AL in a power outage, knowing a tornado was on the loose, it was harrowing. I would think they would sell a lot of cars.

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