Re: Backpacking and Tornadoes
Signe Rogers (midwife@SOUTHWIND.NET)
Fri, 5 Jun 1998 16:36:41 -0500
At 02:07 PM 6/4/98 -0400, Bill Lawrence wrote:
>For the sake of argument, let's just say that you're deep in the forest
>when something like this occurs. There's hail, 60+ mph winds,
>driving rain, etc. and you're surrounded by trees (any of which might
>decide to topple). And then there's the possibility of the funnel cloud
>coming along, which you can't see because of the forest canopy.
>Does anyone have any suggestions (aside from praying fervently)?
We live in Kansas, and tornados are often a threat with *any* thunderstorm.
If we stayed home becauase of that threat, we would never go anywhere....
Tornado safety instructions if you are caught outside, are to seek shelter
in a ditch, or any depression of land. If in a vehicle while travelling -
abandon the vehicle! This would take every ounce of head knowledge of
*knowing* what to do to get myself into that ditch tho....scary thought
If caught on a backpacking outing, I would look for any kind of ditch, or
lacking a depression in the ground, look for any type heavier obstacle to
hide behind, or lower side of a hill....Crouch down with head between knees
& cover your head with your arms. Obviously - pray fervently is very much
a part of the routine.
I have *never yet* [knock on wood] had to face hiding from a tornado while
out there, but have had plenty of times watchng storms approach while on
the prairie, feeling wind changes happen, and wondering what we might be in
Signe Rogers, Advisor & "mom" to '97 & '98 Philmont Ranger
Post 007 - High Adventure
'98 Webelos Resident Camp Director
"A closed mouth gathers no feet"
[...or so I am told - wouldn't know from experience!]
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City