Believe it or not you get used to them Patrick. We have what you might call a root cellar downstairs and if we ever got hit we would be down there. The issue with tornados is night time when you are a sleep.....they come down so quick and are so random. A few years ago we had a small one hit down the street...not much damage but it came out of nowhere.You seem to be getting more than your fair share of storms lately, especially thunderstorms I understand... Tornado warnings must be rather scary... How does one protect themselves from such storms???
Basements if a house even has one doesn't seem to be a very good idea when you see pictures of houses completely collapsed.