Thanks to a 76-year-old movie, the "tornado threat" is vastly over-rated. While tornadoes do occur in Kansas, the Oberlin area has historically been at low risk. Aside from that, the area enjoys all four seasons without any particular bias.
Northwest Kansas has a lot to offer, but of more importantance is what the area doesn't have to offer: crime, congestion, graffiti, civil unrest, etc., etc., etc. You won't find many "red light" cameras here because there aren't many traffic lights! Oberlin residents enjoy a higher level of freedom than do their urban counterparts; whether starting a business or building a house, the red tape will be minimal. If you've never been here, it is hard to believe that such an area still exists.
And, since no place is truly perfect, some drawbacks are to be expected. The region offers limited retail and cultural opportunities, but many more exist within driving distance. McCook, Nebraska (Population 8,000) is just 27 miles away while North Platte, Nebraska (pop. 25,000) and Hays, Kansas (pop. 21,000) are each about a 2-hour drive. Whether you want a quiet place in which to retire or a secure and comfy bug out far, far, away from the chaos of an increasingly volatile world, you'll be sure to find it here!