Generating wind speeds at a menacing 250 mph, Tornadoes are indeed something that we want to be prepared for. Upcoming conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms, damaging winds, and possible tornadoes. It is vital to recall all the information learned from our younger years concerning severe weather safety when preparing for a tornado. The risk of damage by a tornado to your family and home can greatly decrease when you’re properly prepared.
Preparing a tornado plan unique to your home is vital in protecting your family. Having a plan in place enables your family to act quickly when in harms way. Select the safest place in your home to go if a tornado is coming. An uncluttered basement is always ideal. Other safe locations can include a bathroom near the center of your home, or even the center hallway of your apartment building. Locate the most Tornado-Proof Location in your home, and communicate it to your family ahead of time.
Once your Tornado Proof Location has been identified, assemble a family disaster kit. Just as you learned in elementary school, this kit should include a first aid kit, canned food, water, a flashlight, and batteries. These disaster kits are best when tailored to fit your family’s needs. For example, I always like to include a few bars of chocolate in case of emergency, while the Smith’s will include a bottle for the newborn.
Lastly, I would encourage all to ignore any urban myths about tornadoes and the movies that may have endorsed said urban myths.
- Tornadoes don’t occur in the winter
- Tornadoes never hit downtown areas
- Tornadoes are only dangerous on the ground
- Driving away from a tornado is safer than taking shelter
- Open windows during a tornado to save the house
- You should take shelter under a highway overpass