As a chaser, it’s our goal to be as close to the action and storms as possible. Unfortunately that may put us in an area that has sustained a direct hit from a tornado. Its human nature to want to help people in their time of need but your safety has to be first priority. This week I want to talk a little bit about what you should do in the event you are first on the scene. Read More
One of the most valuable pieces of equipment a chaser has is a safe, reliable automobile. Not only is it important to be able to quickly get into position to chase a storm it’s more important to have a means to escape from an unsafe area when things go bad. A quick, simple, daily “check list” before the chase begins will give you ample opportunity to find and fix minor issues with your vehicle that may result in an end to your chase. Why risk missing that once in a lifetime shot because you simply don’t pay attention to what your vehicle is screaming at you? Read More
Part of being a smart, reliable chaser is to be safe. The most important piece of equipment to use to keep you safe is common sense. Use that tool in your weapons chest first and foremost.
But when in doubt, here are a few other points to think about to stay safe: Read More
“The quote heard around the world”…okay, that might be a bit dramatic but still not far from the truth.
As most of us in the chaser world recall from this past spring, Chancy Smith, Director of Emergency Management of Dickinson County, Kansas referred to many of the chasers in his county this past April as “morons” for driving over power lines and “utterly idiotic” for feeling safe because of how photogenic the tornado was. Harsh name-calling or the truth??…depends on which side of the looking glass you are on.
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