What to take to the storm shelter

» Posted on Apr 9, 2006 in Blog | 3 comments

A few days ago we had a tornado warning go off near my house. The news reported one had been spotted a few miles from me. That’s when my husband and I get blankets and pillows and put them into the interior bathroom (my storm shelter). Then my husband told me, as he was listening to a news report concerning the storm that swept through, to get whatever I wanted to save. That left me with the question: what did I put in the bathroom? What did I want to try and save if a tornado hit our house? And I only had a minute or so to make that decision. Boy, talk about being under pressure, not to mention scared.

Of course, my pets were the first thing I thought of. I have two cats who are adorable. After that, I wasn’t sure. Although my writing is very important to me, I couldn’t disconnect my computer and put it in the small room. Not enough time. I did get my purse with all my identification. Negatives of my pictures are kept in the safety deposit box so I didn’t need to worry about them.

This whole episode got me thinking about what is important to me. What would you take to the storm shelter? You only have a few minutes to grab it.


  1. This is such a thought provoking question! I teach tenth grade English, and I am going to use this for a journal entry–could possibly end up being a writing assignment. Thanks so much for the great idea!


  2. Oh my! My kids, my animals, my purse and my Bible (it’s worn in all the right places and so easy to find verses in, plus I’ve highlighted so many passages and I might need something tin the storm, it’s what I took out of the house when it was on fire, that and my pregnant self). Okay, so I had a little practice, but it really does bear thinking about again and again to make sure that our focus stays on the Son and does not waver.

    Thank you for sharing that. I was hearing it on the news when they lifted our storm warnings and I prayed for you. You’re a special person.


  3. Wow, what a difficult question to ponder… Of course my doggie. But I’m not sure what else I would grab. I’m not sure I’d be able to give any thought to it. We deal with hurricanes more than tornadoes, so at least we have a little more time to prep and try and put away items to salvage. Although it doesn’t always work that way…

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