Tornadoes are terrifying and destructive events that may change your life in an instant. Discover 3 simple steps in”How to Survive a Tornado 1-2-3 Guide” that can improve your family’s odds of surviving the next big tornado.
1. Create a Family Plan
Talk ahead of time with family members about your designated location to wait out the tornado. If you don’t have one of these the next best place within your home would be on the lowest floor, closest to the center of your home, away from any glass or windows. A hallway or bathroom that is toward the center of your house is good. Ducking and covering your head in the bathtub will help to protect you from flying debris.
Periodic tornado drills are an excellent way to prepare your loved ones, especially children, ahead of time for a tornado.
If you are outdoors try to find a building to take refuge. Steer clear of windows, cars and any downed electrical lines.
Understand what the terms Tornado Watch and Warning mean so that you can act accordingly. A “Tornado Watch” is issued to inform the community that they should be on the lookout of a possible tornado and a “Tornado Warning” is issued when a tornado has been really picked up on radar. If there is a tornado warning issued in your area it is your sign to take cover immediately.
For active weather alerts and monitoring of any storm in advance please visit NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
If you reside in a mobile home, it’s wise to discover a nearby shelter to take cover as mobile homes are much more vulnerable to damage from the high winds of a tornado.
Try to eliminate as much external storage as possible. Secure little structures, such as sheds, to their foundations.
Keep emergency supplies on hand like a Tornado Survival Kit and sufficient food and water to last for a couple of weeks.
Keep an emergency mobile radio on hand, preferably one that doesn’t require batteries so that you can keep current on the path of this tornado.
Many times when we are preparing for a disaster we forget to plan for our little four-legged friends. They’re an important part of the family and their needs need to be cared for as well.
Make sure that your pet has a collar with its own identification on it. Better still, get your pet micro chipped.
Make sure your pets’ medicine is filled.
Put your pet in a hard carrier cage while you are riding out the tornado in your designated spot.
Make certain your pet is on a leash if you go outdoors after the tornado has passed. There’s very likely to be many downed electric wires and many dangerous objects from the flying debris of the storm.
Maintain a Pet First Aid Kit on hand in case your pet is injured during the tornado.
If you’re separated from your pet make sure you go in to the local shelter and leave your pets information. Someone may recognize your pet and be able to return him/her back to you.
Your chances will be greatly increased of living the next major tornado by making a family program, preparing your home and gathering all the essential lifesaving survival supplies before the disaster occurs. Your family will feel much more at ease having gone through these measures. Therefore, don’t delay. Get prepared!