Kansas is a flat, non tropical, landlocked state in the US. We worry about tornadoes, and blizzards, and the occasional range fire. I can deal with all of these things, probably because I have lived in Kansas my entire life.
Until 2 days ago, I had never given a second thought to a tsunami watch. And then I lived through one, hunkered down in a school parking lot in our rental Subaru Forester. Fun times people, fun times.
We probably overreacted a little bit, but at the time I could not wrap my head around "wall of water 10 feet high coming for the island", so we shagged ass out of our hotel resort for higher ground. The news casters here in Hawaii are worse than Katie Horner with their worst case scenarios, and they had us plum freaked the F out. Our front desk people did not seem terribly concerned about it either, and I kept saying "But you don't get it. I have no idea what to do. I am from Kansas."
So John and I did the only thing we thought we could, and packed up our car with water and clothing and money, and got the hell out of Dodge.
The town we are staying in got some localized flooding, and the shore was eerie and weird for most of yesterday, but I am happy to say we did not fare too badly.
I think I might get a shirt printed that says "I survived a tsunami". It's probably the closest I will ever get to experiencing one, and that is OK with me. Kansas is looking pretty awesome and safe right now. Sure, there are tornadoes, but you can hide in your basement and still be living large.