It wasn’t until this morning that I woke up and checked my pager that I found that we had a tornado warning in the wee hours of the morning. Lovely. I grew up in the tornado valley of Texas so I’m use to tornado warnings, but I never did expect tornadoes to actually happen here. I went to work one morning a few months ago to find co-workers anxiously talking about a tornado that had hit that morning. Where was it? I asked.
“mufhe, duiwdiu, Uptown, udthne…”
Argh. Turns out the tornado hit seven blocks from where we lived, and I had no clue. Most of my husband’s school had closed down. The law school was open that day, but without AC. No clue that it was even coming. I think the only people who knew were those who had watched the news the night before. We didn’t have cable, or even basic TV at the time. I promised myself I would keep a better eye on the weather through the Internet.
A month or two later, New Orleans announced that you could now sign up to receive city emergency warnings through your pager/cell phone. I signed up immediately.
Except there is one problem with the emergency warning system, they don’t tell you until just before it happens! They didn’t know a waterspout was going to happen over Lake Pontchartrain until an hour before it did! I didn’t even know about it until I looked out of our office window on the 26th floor to see this strange looking tornado hovering over the water. It was a beautiful sight, mind you, but still….Argh! How the heck is anyone supposed to be prepared?
Maybe this is because of my deafness, but I get the feeling that hearies face similar problems.
So once again I have managed to miss an emergency before it happened. Sigh. I checked the newspaper today and it doesn’t seem that a tornado actually formed which is a good thing. But it’s always an interesting concept to walk outside after not hearing it rain all night to discover the wet ground.