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I was re-watching the movie GeoStorm on my computer.  I love natural disaster/end of the world flicks!  Even the cheesy ones!  This got me wondering...  

Has anyone experienced a natural disaster while living in their van?  Been woken up in your van by an earthquake?  Felt one as you were on the road?  Have you ever been parked somewhere and had to high tail it out of there because of a fire?  Had a tornado get too close?  Seen a sharknado overhead on your way to Cracker Barrel?  Almost caught in flash flooding?

I honestly think I'd feel more "prepared" for a disaster by living in a van.  I wouldn't have to pack anything up or anything.  Just get in the cab and start driving somewhere else without having to worry about coming back to check on the house/belongings.
Tornado warning in a Walmart lot in Kansas. No tornado appeared, though.
(08-29-2018, 07:32 AM)lenny flank Wrote: [ -> ]Tornado warning in a Walmart lot in Kansas. No tornado appeared, though.

That's because tornadoes only hit trailer parks, right? Big Grin
(08-28-2018, 11:10 PM)Jack Wrote: [ -> ]Been woken up in your van by an earthquake?  Felt one as you were on the road?

As a former Californian, I've felt many earthquakes. Since vans are on springs, an earthquake wouldn't feel much different than being blown by strong wind or going over a lumpy road. Unless it was a rare, really strong one.

The sensation that freaks me out a little, though, is being stopped on an overpass or bridge and feeling the road flex up and down from traffic coming the other way. I know bridges are designed to flex a little, but it still feels like things might collapse.
Big Grin MrNoodley, Lenny has a van but we have an RV so if we're parked in a Walmart lot with other RVs does that count as a trailer park?  Big Grin

 Seriously though, tornados have been the most common hazard for us. Fortunately, all of the incidents have just been warnings. A few times we have retreated to a store to wait out the storm. Other times we just kept a close watch on the weather reports.

 We almost had to make a quick escape from a forest campground when a drunk camper set a tree on fire. His friends put it out but we were concerned enough beforehand that we got all set up to pull out quickly. Another time we backtracked because we came to an active forest fire. Firefighters had arrived - this was not a prescribed burn. Someone was waving people through but when the trees right next to the road are ablaze that seemed like a stupid idea. 

 We've parked on high ground at campsites or boondocking spots when there have been reports of imminent storms rather than the more scenic spots near the water. We've left campsites located down clay roads, which can turn as slick as ice when wet, if rain was forecast.

 No earthquakes or sharknados yet!
(08-29-2018, 08:08 AM)MrNoodly Wrote: [ -> ]I know bridges are designed to flex a little, but it still feels like things might collapse.
Remember the Nimitz (freeway) and also 1971 San Fernando collapses. At one time I commuted on the Nimitz everyday. Closest thing in van life has been the forest fire smoke this year. Respiratory problems, no real disaster.
(08-29-2018, 08:08 AM)MrNoodly Wrote: [ -> ]As a former Californian, I've felt many earthquakes. Since vans are on springs, an earthquake wouldn't feel much different than being blown by strong wind or going over a lumpy road. Unless it was a rare, really strong one.

The sensation that freaks me out a little, though, is being stopped on an overpass or bridge and feeling the road flex up and down from traffic coming the other way. I know bridges are designed to flex a little, but it still feels like things might collapse.
I was living in California, 15 miles away from the epicenter of the Northridge earthquake.  I've been through a few but that was the biggest.  I had just gotten home from having hernia surgery, too.  Not.  Fun.  As for bridges, I wouldn't say that I have a fear of them, but I am definitely cautious of them.  I don't like being in stand still traffic on them.  This comes from watching too many natural disaster films, I think!  Also, I live in Minneapolis and the 35W bridge collapse hit the city hard.
(08-29-2018, 09:59 AM)QinReno Wrote: [ -> ]Remember the Nimitz (freeway) and also 1971 San Fernando collapses. At one time I commuted on the Nimitz everyday. Closest thing in van life has been the forest fire smoke this year. Respiratory problems, no real disaster.

I had been living in San Francisco, in the Marina, up until three months before that quake. The building I used to live in was damaged and I would've been homeless. But I had moved to Huntington Beach.
(08-29-2018, 07:32 AM)lenny flank Wrote: [ -> ]Tornado warning in a Walmart lot in Kansas. No tornado appeared, though.
Same thing, aren't they?  I haven't been in Walmart (i.e., The Chinese Consulate) for many years.
I'm sure this must have been discussed on this forum at some point, but this topic brings to mind the need for emergency weather alert radios. What do folks here have along these lines?
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