As we are aware, tornadoes are powerful and destructive natural phenomena that can strike with little warning, leaving a trail of devastation in their path. It is crucial to know how to stay safe when faced with the threat of a tornado. In this month’s articles, we are going to focus on tornado safety, starting with how to protect yourself when a tornado strikes. Here are some essential steps to consider:
Creating a family emergency plan. Developing a comprehensive emergency plan with your family ensures that everyone knows what to do when a tornado strikes. This plan should include designated meeting points, emergency contact numbers, and responsibilities assigned to each family member. You should also prepare an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, a first aid kit, and a portable weather radio.
Identify safe shelter areas. Identify the safest areas in your home or workplace where you can seek shelter during a tornado. Avoid spaces with windows and exterior walls. If you’re in a house or building, head to the basement or the lowest level. If there is no basement, find a small interior room on the lowest floor, away from windows. In multi-story buildings, avoid the upper floors and take shelter on the lowest floor possible. Use sturdy furniture or mattresses to shield yourself from potential debris. If possible, cover yourself with a mattress or thick blankets to provide additional protection.
Lastly, stay informed about the weather conditions in your area. Monitor local weather forecasts, pay attention to severe weather alerts, and be aware of the signs that indicate a tornado might be approaching. Stay tuned to reliable sources of information, such as local news channels or weather apps.