It’s tornado season and when the weather turns ugly, you might need to know what to do in the evening of a tornado. What should you do if your area receives a tornado warning?
Time is of the Essence
A tornado warning means that a tornado has been spotted or radar shows that a tornado could be occurring or could be imminent. If you hear that a tornado warning has been issued for your area, you may have only minutes to get your family to safety. Don’t dawdle as every second counts during a tornado warning.
Keep a Go Bag Ready
BEFORE the weather deteriorates into a tornado warning, prepare a “go bag” for your family. Throw in essentials such as bottled water, first aid supplies, small snacks, a battery-operated radio, medications, pet supplies, blankets, personal supplies, etc. Remember, if a tornado were to strike your home, what you have with you may be the only items you have left.
Take shelter immediately when a tornado has been spotted or is imminent. Know ahead of time where you and your family will take shelter from the weather. A basement or underground shelter are the best options, but if you don’t have those or have access to such, choose a center room in your home. Choose a room without windows in the middle of your home. A bathroom is usually the best choice as they offer some safety due to wall structure to accommodate for plumbing. If possible, cover yourself and your family with a mattress, blankets, pillows or upholstered furniture. Get into the fetal position with legs tucked under you, head down and arms over your head for protection.
Stay in your shelter until the “all-clear” has been sounded.
Hesitation can kill you and waiting until a tornado danger is already occurring is the wrong time to be making decisions about where you will go and whether you will take shelter or wait. Don’t wait. It is better to go to shelter then return home with nothing having happened than to be caught out of shelter by a tornado.
Stay safe during storms and pay close attention to the radio, television, Facebook and other local emergency channels.