Thankful Thursday Blog Hop: Tornado Drill Practice

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Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. You all know that I am always thankful to each of you for joining us! Each and every Thursday we share the things for which we are most thankful and we always enjoy reading all of the things you are thankful for too. If you are new to our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop, thanks for hopping in, we really do get excited when new blogger pals join us!

Today I’m thankful for two things, tornado drill practice and no tornado.  We live in the South and while we can have tornadoes any old time, there seems to be more of them with Spring storms.  Well, on Monday, in the wee hours of the morning, like between 3 and 4 AM, we got to practice our tornado drill.  Why, there were tornadoes in the area and one watch zone was just a few miles from our house.

Our safe room is the small bathroom on the main floor, which is the most interior room we have.  During a tornado alert the Dad places a carrier for each of us in the hallway by the small bathroom.  If something gets to close we each are placed in our carriers and we all go in the small bathroom and shut the door.  Well, the carriers were out but we didn’t have to go in them this time, we didn’t have a tornado but we did have some pretty wicked storms.  Do you know what I did during the wicked storms?  I went into the small bathroom and laid by the carrier that’s designated as mine.  I know the drill and I was prepared.

I’m thankful we’ve practiced this in the past and have a plan.  I’m thankful that we didn’t have a bad tornado in our area.  I’m also thankful that the Dad stayed up all night to watch the alerts so he could keep us safe.  Oh, and I’m thankful that Simon and Seal didn’t run and hide, they stayed within grabbing range of the peeps.

It pays to be prepared, make sure you have an emergency plan and practice it.  What are you thankful for today?  Tell us in the comments and then join us for our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop. Remember, adopt cats, we deserve it!!!!! More Forever Homes More Often! Purrrrr! Zip! Later!

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4 years ago

What smart cats to stay close, and smart parents to be so well prepared! We have the carriers ready, but i know i would have to drag at least two of the cats out from UTB (under the bed) if this ever happened.

Canadian Cats
4 years ago

Tornados would be so scary. Thank heavens we don’t have those. We have forest fires….equally as scary….the sky goes black and its like 9pm at 2pm. Hopefully, this year will not be a bd one.

Going to your carrier is awesome….one smart kit!


4 years ago

I’m thankful my husband and my son are safe from corona today, here in morocco each day there are more death, thank you for this post, take care and stay safe 😊

Kathe W.
4 years ago

whoopsie doodle I clicked twice by accident! Have a great day! Thanks Brian! Be well!

4 years ago

Oh, yes, Brian. It’s so good that you and your family have a plan and are prepared. We are so happy you did not have a tornado there. XO

4 years ago

I’m glad we don’t have tornadoes – our house is L-shaped and both sides of the L are pretty narrow, so there are really no interior rooms and only barely an interior hallway.

4 years ago

we are glad the drill went well and we hope no tornado will pass your area… that would be too much for peeps and pets this times….

4 years ago

So glad you have a tornado plan……we had some awful storms too but the tornado watch was southeast of us fortunately. Thanks for hosting the THANKFUL blog each week – we all have so much go be thankful for!

Love, Teddy

Memories of Eric and Flynn

I am glad the tornado didn’t reach you. Brian, you are very smart to stay by your carrier in case it was an emergency.

4 years ago

I am thankful to read that you are thankful that the tornado did not effect you, and that you are prepared. with Big Boy we have a leash by each door to the outside and one by the bedroom window. that is good for fire drill, or any emergency. we don’t get tornados like yours, but once in a while a small one. our safe place is walk in closet. no windows in there

Little Binky and Granny

Oh, Brian, how brave you all were. I’m really Thankful that you’re all so prepared for these Tornados and staying together…man, that makes also us purroud of you😸Clean Pawkisses for a Happy Thursday. Stay Safe Healthy and Yourselfie🙏🐾😽💞

Mark's Mews
4 years ago

Well, tornado drills are good ideas. We don’t get many, and they aren’t as fierce as in some places but they are increasing locally. So we have a place in the basement where the heavy cement steps are on the outside and the stairs are above us and the area around it is surrounded with chicken wire so we won’t panic and run away from TBT if one comes near. And there is serious plywood all around except for the TBT-sized opening. It is good to feel prepared.

Pat Hatt
4 years ago

Great that you knew the plan and stayed close. Some kitties can sure be hard to catch. No tornadoes is always a win too.

4 years ago

We have tornadoes here too. Mom wakes us up in the night sometimes when we hear the sirens but only a few times have we had to go to the basement. Sometimes they are during the day too, but usually in the middle of the night it seems.

Katie Isabella
4 years ago

What a good reminder of a much needed drill and practicing! We have tornadoes at the drop of an eye here too. Mom isn’t as good about having a plan. She dry will work on it. I guess you may know we, you too, are in Dixie Alley, as they have started to call it.

Timmy Tomcat
4 years ago

That is a really good Thankful Brian and we are so glad you and the family are prepared for these nasty storms. We are thankful for having what we need during the other National Crises the nasty virus. It is so good to have Thankful friends because that means we are all doing well

Charles Huss
4 years ago

I’m glad nothing came too close to you but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared.

4 years ago

Brian dear furiend, I’m glad you have a good plan and purractice it. Tornadoes seem to spring up and pounce much faster than hurricanes, which we generally have days to purrpare for. That all having been said, this wuhan bug is starting to get annoying…. not that I dislike having my humans home, but the beach is still closed and I’m thinking this is ridiculous…. Have you ever heard of a virus that could survive 2-3 hours of UV?????? Seems to me the logical thing to do would be send the ill to the beach for an afternoon sterilizing in… Read more »

Ellen Pilch
Ellen Pilch
4 years ago

I am glad you didn’t have a tornado, but it is good to be prepared. Thanks for hosting. Have a great day! XO

Cecilia Upchurch
4 years ago

Oh I’m very very thankful for no tornadoes. Brian we had the same drill with Angel Madi…I kept her PTU out and open so that she would become used to it and didn’t just think of it as a transport to the vet. Every so often she’d take a snooze in it.
Hugs cecilia

Catscue Catmom
4 years ago

Oh Brian, you are such a good boy! And Simon and Seal did good too! That must have been a relief to your peeps at such a scary time. I am so thankful that the tornado kept away from all of you, stay safe and prepared!

Millie & Walter
4 years ago

It sounds like your peeps have a good plan for the nasty storms.

Eastside Cats
4 years ago

Brian, that must have been scary!
We have carriers set out, should they be needed in a hurry. Except, we now have Sweetie inside, so we’ll have to bring in a carrier that’s been stored in the garage.
Maybe with the government check, I could buy Sleepypods for everyone!

Cathy Kennedy
4 years ago

I’m thankful y’all didn’t have to worry with a tornado. I’m thankful as well that we didn’t have to worry about this but folks in the Chattanooga area weren’t so fortunate. I’m thankful for the return of the sun and being healthy. :)

4 years ago

I’m glad you weathered this incident well. Looks like all the training has paid off. Excellent.

Thank you for hosting the Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.

Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday. My best to your siblings and your peeps. ♥

4 years ago

Brian, you are one smart fur baby! We have to chase Miss Bridget to get her into the crate when we go to the lower level during those scary siren times. We have quite a few wicked storms in middle Missouri that can stir up tornadoes too. We also have an emergency room stocked with essentials….just in case. Stay safe! X

4 years ago

So happy to read that you didn’t need to take shelter in the carriers – I don’t think dad and mom would have fit. LOL

The OP Pack
4 years ago

It is good to see that you have a plan AND that you know exactly where to go. We haven’t had any really bad storms yet, but we know it is the season. We have a plan too. We hope everyone else does as well.

Woos, Lightning and Timber

4 years ago
Reply to  The OP Pack

Hi Brian,
Newbie here….I’ve posted at my blog. Thanks for sharing your story, being prepared it the best way to survive. Have a great day!

A ShutterBug Explores
4 years ago

I am thankful you didn’t have a tornado either ~ sweet kitty photo ^_^

Be Well,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

So thankful that mew’re all ok! Happy Purrsday guys, stay safe XOX

Jan K
4 years ago

Yikes, we sure are happy for you that this drill was just a practice run. We are getting snow right now. When is Mother Nature going to be kind to us?? :)

The Poupounette Gang
4 years ago

It must be really scary to live somewhere where there are tornadoes!

Tama and Genji

William's Kith & Kin
4 years ago

Good for you and your family, Brian. Preparation is everything. That was a little too close for comfort, though!

The LLB Gang
4 years ago

We agree, we don’t get tornadoes, but we do get wildfires and earthquakes and it’s always a good idea to have a good emergency plan!
Arty, Jakey & Rosy

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song
4 years ago

That is a great plan. I don’t know how he could get all you kitties together in the face of a storm. He is a cat master.

Cathy Keisha
4 years ago

Tornadoes are scary! We never had one then last summer we had an alert. Pop picked me up and brought me into the bathroom and we stayed together until they lifted the alert. We didn’t have a tornado but they did touch down in NJ.

K Bear
4 years ago

I am so glad that you are all okay. No tornadoes is a very good thing. I’m glad that you got the practice but I hope that your dad got an Easy the next day!

Just Ducky
4 years ago

I trust mum to have a plan for those stormy things.

Peppulady (Dora
4 years ago

My mom came from Nebraska and she told me about waiting out storm in cellar.

Three Chatty Cats
4 years ago

I’m glad you didn’t have a tornado! It sounds like your parents are very prepared in case one does stop by.

Fraidy Cats!
4 years ago

Brian, we are thankful you are all safe there. your post is a good reminder because you never know when an emergency situation could happen. we had some foodables come just in the nick of time so we are thankful for that also :)

minnie, hollie, sharpie, ditto, TL

4 years ago

Your Dad is smart and we were certain you had a plan for a tornado, just praying you don’t have to use it!