**Main point for those in a hurry… Surprisingly, many places in the US do not have Tornado Sirens. Since we left Kansas, we have not been to an area that has them. You need a weather app, or even better, a weather radio that’s on at all times in your RV. I cannot tell you how many extra minutes to get to shelter our weather radio has given us. It probably means the difference between getting our dogs out and not.**
This morning at 7:30 we awoke to our phone’s loud weather alerts screaming at us. Tornado Warnings for Houston, Texas were displayed on the screen. We quickly got dressed, I packed some water and food in my purse, and we got the dogs leashed up to leave. We jumped in the SUV and headed for the RV Park Office.
We walked in with another woman, and we asked where we were supposed to shelter. The woman behind the desk immediately started looking in a large protocol book. However, the gentleman behind the desk just kept repeating that dogs were not allowed in the club house. I told him several times if he did not allow our dogs to shelter with us we would be leaving the park. Finally, the woman in the office told us that we could shelter in the club house bathrooms. They still didn’t say that our dogs were allowed though.
These types of rules are dangerous. They force victims in the path of a tornado to choose between leaving their pets outside and sheltering alone, or to not take shelter at the park. If we had left, we would have had to drive through the storm to try to find somewhere else.
Thankfully it did not come to us leaving the park. We ignored the office manager, and choose to shelter with our dogs. We would rather deal with their consequences, then the consequences of our dogs being injured or killed. We stayed until the National Weather Service let the warning expire, then returned to our RV.
Our dogs were very well behaved. They did not bark, cry, whine, or bother anyone. In fact there was another dog who did bark a little, and no one was mad about it. A small kitty was sheltered in a kennel in the bathroom, we were careful to keep the dogs away from the kitty so they didn’t upset her. The residents were all very nice about everything.
A tornado did touchdown approximately one mile to the north of us. Thankfully it was small, and caused minor damage to a few businesses and homes. However, you only know if a tornadic storm is bad or not until after it’s passed.
RV Park: Fallbrook RV Resort, Houston, Texas. They do not have a shelter, we were asked to shelter in the men’s and women’s bathrooms in the club house. There are no tornado sirens in this area.
One thing we were told recently is if the club house will not let the pets in, find a church. They are typically more accepting.
The video we were attempting to post this morning: