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Tornado Safety Tips, Preparation, and Readiness

Most tornadoes don’t lift houses into the air. Rather, they can do heavy damage to buildings, produce flying debris, and cause injuries or even worse. Each year in the U.S., you will find still an average of 1,000 recorded tornadoes which cause 1,500 accidents and 80 deaths. Here is how to prepare for a tornado and how to stay safe during and after one. 

Before

  • Find out your community’s tornado risk — tornadoes are most common in the Midwest and the Southeast from the U.S.
  • Create a disaster preparedness strategy with your loved ones, in addition to an emergency kit. Establish where to take refuge and where to meet after a disaster. Practice a tornado drill at least once annually. Be ready to safeguard your pets in a crisis, also.
  • Know the symptoms of a tornado: rotating clouds, turning dust or debris on the floor, along with a continuous roar. A wristwatch is when the conditions are ideal for tornadoes to form, and also a warning signals the approach of a present tornado. Stay alert for weather reports.
  • Shield your home:
    • Make a list of items to bring inside when a tornado is approaching.
    • Reduce the number of loose things in your yard.
    • Install permanent shutters on windows.

Throughout

  • If you’re at a house, prevent windows and proceed to the bottom area like the basement. If there is no basement, go to the bottom floor in a room with no windows, for example, a bathroom or inner hallway.
  • If you’re in an office building, hospital, or high-rise construction, don’t use the elevator. Take shelter on a lower level, away from windows and glass.
  • Get beneath some type of protection like a sturdy table. Protect yourself with thick paddings, such as a blanket or mattress. Crouch as low as possible facing down and cover your head with your hands.
  • If you’re in a mobile home, go into a secure building instantly. Most tornadoes can mess even a tied-down mobile house.
  • If you’re in a vehicle or outside, do not attempt to outrun a tornado. Get out of the vehicle and locate shelter underground or in a nearby building. Do not go under bridges or highway overpasses. If you can’t get to a safe place, protect your head with your arms and then protect your body with a coat or blanket.
  • Listen to alerting systems like NOAA Weather Radio for up-to-date emergency information and instructions.

After

  • Make certain the storm has passed and gone to a safe place. Do not return home until local authorities say it is safe. Let your loved ones know you are safe and check your family’s security. Help those that are injured.
  • If you are trapped, prevent breathing in the dust by covering your mouth with a cloth or mask. Do not shout — send a text, bang on a pipe or wall socket, or use a whistle instead.
  • Stay away from downed wires, ruined buildings, and harmful debris such as broken glass or sharp objects.
  • Do not use matches, lighters, and candles — there might be natural gas escapes nearby.

Hurricanes are also quite common natural disasters you need to prepare yourself for. Check out how to stay safe during a hurricane. If you’re searching for a water restoration company for emergency flood repair or mold removal services, call your local PuroClean office or visit this website to learn more.

Brian Thomas

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