“Fanatics in power and the funnel of a tornado have this in common – the narrow path in which they move is marked by violence and destruction”
Domestic-6 and I have been doing what we call gambling for quite a while.
No, it does not involve cards, slot machines, or casino’s. We prefer our money in our pockets thanks
What it does involve is our home and our lives.
We live in the minimal outskirts of whats better known as Tornado Alley. Have for several years. Two years ago we watched a tornado tear through the towns of Pea Ridge and Little Flock, 8 miles south of us. We can see the town from our house as we live on a ridge overlooking the area. We also live in what is somewhat fondly referred to as a “Live-In-Kite”. Or a “Matchbox.”
I am referring of course to a modular and mobile home.
We preferred owning a place to renting, and instead of buying a home that we knew was out of our budget , we bought a sizable piece of land we could afford and a very reasonable priced home.
It has served us well.
But we have not had, until recently, was a shelter for when those twisters come calling. Probably not a smart thing all things considered. While our area is average for tornado strikes in the region, we’re still 143% more likely than anywhere else in the United States.
So as I said, gambling.
We rectified that as of this morning.
Bringing the top in to be sealed...
It looks like something you may have expected our parents to build in the back yard during the Cold War. But don’t knock it,
The Stats on this are literal life savers.
- Inside dimensions 6′ wide, 8′ long and 6’2″ tall
- Weighs in excess of 12,000 lbs
- Will easily accommodate 9 people.
- 30″ wide door
- 3 heavy duty weld-on hinges with grease fittings for lubrication
- Pressurized gas strut for easy opening and closing
- 3 latches including a center safety latch which allows the door to be opened from the inside even if it was padlocked from the outside
- 64″ long staircase with handrails on both sides and anti-skid strips on each step
- Extremely dense concrete with a pressure rating of 6,000 lbs. per square inch
Back filling is all thats left
Our new neighbor has been gambling as well, staying in a camper while he builds his home. He does not see a point in owning a shelter. I’m sure there are some folks tonight in Pearson, AR who will disagree with him.
If you in the Southwest Missouri/Northwest Arkansas area, I will be happy to give you the gentleman’s name and number who installed mine. He did the entire job for considerably less than $3,000.
As for me and mine we’re taken care of, now. And I’m thankful for it.
Our home, still….not so much. But the important things will be Ok.
And thats what really matters.