Tornado survivor of Northern Kentucky urges others to take action

CRITTENDEN, Ky. -- "That day, standing at the front door, I did not see that tornado coming," Regena List said. “You don't expect to lose everything all at one time."

She lost her home March 2, 2012, when a tornado with gusts up to 200 miles per hour ripped through Northern Kentucky.

"The sirens had been going off all day, so you get to a point, and it was funny - it was sunny, it looked nice. You get to the point where you just ignore it," List said.

It's human nature. People actually need to see the tornado in order to believe it will impact them. Newport Fire Chief Gary Auffart said ignoring the possibilities is risky business.

"We deal with emergencies as they come, but a lot of people weren't prepared for that," Auffart said. "We had lots of power lines down. We had trees going into houses, and there's a lot of dangers and risks associated with that."

"That house had been there for 150 years," List said. "It wasn't going to happen to us. It hadn't happened in that long ... it wasn't going to happen to us. So no, I wasn't prepared at all."

She shared some advice for others who may be naive to a tornado's threat.

"Don't heed the warnings now," List said. "You cry later, 'cause there's stuff you can't replace, and you definitely can't replace your life and you can't replace your loved ones."

Besides the house, her family pictures were among the biggest loss. She now saves all of her photos to a hard drive and over the Internet on a cloud. 

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