Tornado Safety: Signs, Preparation And What To Do

Here are some important tornado safety tips and information.

With the warmer temperatures there is always an increased risk for the development of a tornado. Do you know what to do and where to go if a tornado develops? Here are some things you can do to be prepared if one hits. First thing to do is to arrange a safe place for the family to meet in the event a tornado. The place should be a basement or cellar. If you don't have one, then chose a bathroom, closet or a hallway in a central location in your house, on the lowest floor. Never wait until a tornado strikes to gather supplies. Prepare ahead of time by making a supply kit.

The kit should include:

First aid kit


Battery-powered radio



Canned food

Can opener (non electric)

Bottled water

Sturdy shoes

Work gloves

Also learn ahead of time how to shut off your utilities so that you won't have natural gas leaking, and write the directions down. Keep the directions with the kit.

Tornado drills are just as important as fire drills, so you'll want to have a couple drills to make sure everyone knows what to do.

Listen to the radio or TV for weather reports. A tornado watch means that the conditions are favorable for the development of a tornado. Be ready to take shelter if the need arises.

A tornado warning means it's been sighted and may be heading your way. Get into a shelter immediately.

Keep an eye on your surroundings. If you see debris flying everywhere, and you hear the roaring sound like that of a passing freight train, it's time to hit the shelter.

Remember. If you live in a mobile home, get out and find a basement or storm shelter. Trailers even if strapped down will be annihilated by a tornado.

After the storm is over and the all clear has been given, watch for downed power lines, and other hazards. Stay away from heavily damaged areas and wait for instructions via the radio.

If you're caught outside during a tornado, get into a ditch and lie as flat as you can to the ground. Stay out of drainage ditches because they can flood.

If you're in your car, get out of your car and find a ditch. Never try to outrun a tornado. The winds alone can toss your car around and even pick it up into the air. Make sure you take cover between the tornado and the car so that the car doesn't get blown over onto you. Never use your car as a shield.

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