March 3, 2012

Preparing for Tornados



Our hearts go out to everyone affected in the recent tornado outbreaks. We aren't even in what is the usual "tornado season" which is from March to May here in Indiana. I wanted to review preparation for tornados.
First thing is to Be Aware.
Do you have a weather radio? I have the MIDLAND WR300 Weather Radio. It has worked well for me, and the alarm goes off when severe weather is expected in my area. You could also listen to a local radio station or television channel.

Tornado Watch - means tornadoes are possible. Remain alert, watch the sky, and listen to NOAA Weather Radio, commercial radio or television for information.

Tornado Warning - means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Take shelter immediately!

According to ready.gov you should look for the following danger signs:
•Dark, often greenish sky
•Large hail
•A large, dark, low-lying cloud (particularly if rotating)
•Loud roar, similar to a freight train.
•If you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared take shelter immediately.

The next thing is to Be Prepared.
Have your emergency kit and a family communications plan. You can build your own emergency kit, or get one of the commercially available kits. Know where to go in case of a tornado warning.

The following recommendations are from ready.gov.
If you are in:
A structure (e.g. residence, small building, school, nursing home, hospital, factory, shopping center, high-rise building)
•Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the lowest building level. If there is no basement, go to the center of an interior room on the lowest level (closet, interior hallway) away from corners, windows, doors, and outside walls. Put as many walls as possible between you and the outside. Get under a sturdy table and use your arms to protect your head and neck.
•In a high-rise building, go to a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor possible.
•Do not open windows.

A vehicle, trailer, or mobile home
•Get out immediately and go to the lowest floor of a sturdy, nearby building or a storm shelter. Mobile homes, even if tied down, offer little protection from tornadoes.

Outside with no shelter
•Lie flat in a nearby ditch or depression and cover your head with your hands. Be aware of the potential for flooding.
•Do not get under an overpass or bridge. You are safer in a low, flat location.
•Never try to outrun a tornado in urban or congested areas in a car or truck. Instead, leave the vehicle immediately for safe shelter.
•Watch out for flying debris. Flying debris from tornadoes causes most fatalities and injuries.

I hope this info was helpful. I did enclose some affiliate links if you need to purchase some supplies.

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