"Of course, the safest place to be in a tornado is in a mobile home factory. A tornado is not going to bite the hand that feeds it!
Thanks for the laugh! I'd never considered that, you might be onto something there! I'm wondering if a house trailer factory has
ever been hit by a tornado....
There are no really great answers to Tornado shelters unless you live, work, and sleep in a deep bunker. Most people are going to wait till the very last moment to "dive for safety". In that case comfort matters little and whatever you can scrounge and bury that holds the expected number of people will be better than nothing. If you're going to be staying there awhile comfort (size mainly) grows exponentially with the amount of time you're in there. I'm out of my trailer and renting a small concrete block 1 story house that used to be an accountant's office. He had the foresight to build a "records closet" in one corner; all concrete block with a metal door frame set and tied into the block. The door is cheesy but I'll soon have a better one. I think
I'll survive an EF2 (even if the walls partially collapse), anything bigger is very rare in these parts. Not much room in there but 2 people can sit on the buckets my survival goods are stored in, work my VHF handheld radio on an indoor antenna in the next room by flashlight, and listen to NOAA or whatever else I need to as I wait for the worst to happen. My main worry is that the door swings outwards so I may have to unpack the hatchet to cut my way out.
Back when I was still in my self-braced and well-tied-down trailer I finally decided that if I positively had enough time I'd run to the bridge and take my chances there. If I didn't know for sure then I'd stay put near the door and dive outside towards my fence when I thought it was appropriate. My worst there was a recorded 70+ MPH gust(pegged the homemade wind gauge I calibrated by car- another story in itself). The roof metal began flapping around but stayed put in the end. The gust ended just when my hand hit the doorknob...spooky indeed!
. That was a severe cell's downdraft, not a Tornado, and I simply got lucky. Hope I don't need that kind of luck ever again!