A tornado can be one of the most violent, powerful, and dangerous storms. Tornadoes can also be unexpected and appear out of nowhere. Being prepared for a tornado to hit at any time is very important. To prepare yourself for a tornado make sure you know what to do before, during, and after a tornado hits your area.
Before a Tornado
There are many ways to be prepared for a tornado before it even hits. The first thing you can do to be prepared is to create an emergency kit that you can have ready if you would need it during desperate times. You can also create a plan with your family so that all members know what to do and where to go. If a tornado is expected, make sure you listen to the radio or television to know exactly what is going on and what is expected. There is a way to be on the lookout for an approaching tornado. Look for the following warning signs:
-a large, dark, low-lying cloud
-dark (usually greenish) skies
Remember that tornadoes can spring up out of nowhere so you must always be prepared. Sometimes tornadoes will not appear until dust and debris are picked up or a cloud forms in the funnel. If you see any warning signs of a tornado or know that one is expected find shelter immediately.
During a Tornado
If a tornado is happening, you will want to find shelter in the lowest level of your home. If you don’t have a basement, go to the most inward parts of your home, like an inner hallway, a small inner room, or a closet. Stay away from any windows or glass doorways. Once you find the room that is safest you should use a mattress to cushion yourself (not cover yourself). You should also cover your head and eyes with something to protect yourself from any debris or broken glass that may fly in. DO NOT leave your home until you are absolutely sure that the tornado has passed. Sometimes, more than one tornado can come from one storm.
After a Tornado
When you are sure that the storm has passed be extremely careful exiting your safety shelter. There could be damage in your home that you didn’t know happened and that could be dangerous to you and your family. If your home has been damaged look for things like loose power lines, gas leaks, and any structural damage. Again, if your home does have damages make sure you take photos of any of everything to share with your insurance agent. These photos can include any damages done to your home, your vehicle, or anything on your property.
When it comes to tornadoes you need to be prepared for anything at any time. The best way to be prepared is to have a plan before tornado season even begins. Work on a plan with your family and even practice it with your family. Make sure you know how to keep your family safe when tornado season hits.