Tornadoes are destructive and fierce. Tornadoes can develop quickly, giving little warning. Funnels develop during a thunderstorm and develop into tornadoes. They can have winds of up to 300 miles per hour and be one mile wide and as long as 50 miles. That can be devastating not only to a family but to a community as well. Thunderstorms can turn dangerous and destructive quite quickly when conditions are favorable. Kentucky is known for its unpredictable weather which often supply those favorable conditions.
Plan to be prepared
There are some things you can do to aid your family prepare for the unpredictable tornado season. FEMA has printable forms to help your family prepare for tornadoes. Below is a checklist to start developing your plan of action in the event of one of these powerful storms.
Have an emergency kit.
Prepare a communication plan. Be sure to include a contact person in your extended family to let others know of your safety and any needs you may have before and after a tornado.
Watch or listen to news channels to stay aware of the weather conditions. It is best to have an emergency radio in the event of an electricity outage. Follow any instructions given by local state and city government.
Know where the safest place to go is, not only in your home but anywhere you go.
Warning or Watch
It is important to understand what is meant by the terms weather broadcasters use for tornado awareness. A Tornado Watch means that the weather conditions are favorable for tornado development. Tornadoes may be possible and you should stay tuned to your local weather broadcasting. Tornado Warning means that a tornado has been verified and everyone should take immediate cover in the safest part of their home or location.
Having a plan in place before a potentially devastating event can put your mind at ease. It could also save lives and much heartache after the fact. Preparing before a tornado allows families to discuss safety as well as answer questions young children may have. Communicating your expectations and confidence in your plan can eliminate anxiety and boost the confidence in other family members.
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