Tornados – just like all other types of natural disasters – are devastatingly catastrophic. They are, by excellence, a force of nature at full power, and it is vital to be aware of the safety measures for maintaining our families and ourselves safe if such an event ever assaults our region.
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This is an established rule for tornado safety, the first and principal one: Get to a strong, stable shelter, with solid walls to protect you from the flying, harmful rubbish. The latter is the one responsible for the awful tornado injuries that we see on TV and the doctors urgently take care of in the E.R. room. If you live in a region where tornadoes are frequent, then they’re most probably are designed tornado refuges around. Locate the one that is the closest to your house and make sure to get there before the imminent disaster.
If you live in a mobile home, well… you’ll have to leave it behind. Sorry, your safety is more important.
- Choose a shelter ahead of time
Like I said, inform yourself of the tornado refuges around. Or make one out of your own basement. As long as you have your shelter programmed and you’re ready to go when the alert goes off, any place will be fine.
- Have a plan
Especially if you live alongside family members, make sure everybody knows what must be known during a tornado. Where to go, what to do, the emergency services and responders, and how to get a hold of other family members during the event.
Take hold of everything that you and your family and/or pets will need while you await things to calm down.
- Make an emergency kit
One that contains all vital resources for you to sustain yourself during the crisis: food supplies, water, medicines, batteries for a battery-operated radio or TV. And you also must include on it first-aid items, helmets and hard-soled shoes for every family member.
- Educate yourself on how to react according to your location
If you’re at your home, get to the most internal room in the bottommost level of your home, away from any windows, and use a blanket or mattress to shelter yourself. If your home doesn’t have a basement, then go to a bathroom, closet, laundry room or storeroom.
If you’re in a public place, it’s basically the same, get into whatever building you are and then seek for its lowest level. For example, if you’re at the mall, get into the storage room or one of the restrooms on the lowest floors while you wait.
If you’re on the road, try to get to a shelter as soon as possible. If there’s none around and you see a tornado or flying rubble coming to you, pull over to the side of the road and park. Find a sea-level zone away from trees, an open area. (Yes, you will want to be in an open area on this.) Bridges and highway overpasses can be dangerous because they pick up the hustle of the wind. Preserve your seatbelt secured, bow your head beneath the window level and shield yourself with a cushion or blanket if possible. If you have kids in the car, buckle them into their car seats.
Thank you for visiting our site. We hope you are learning some great tips for staying safe in bad weather. If you have any comments or questions please contact us today. If you have any weather tips you can share, please submit your tips as well. One last request, if you can please visit our sponsor Allen Fence Staining Company.