Although they are mostly associated with the Midwest or the “tornado alley”, no state is immune to tornadoes. With that in mind, it only makes sense to make sure that some precautions and procedures are in place in the event of a tornado.
Preparedness for a tornado begins even before a tornado watch goes into effect. To prepare you to need to know:
- What to do. If you’re at home close the doors and windows. If you can’t get them all closed, leave them. You and your family are more important.
- Where to go. You want to get to a room without windows and its lowest possible. Be aware of what’s overhead and try not to be under any heavy furniture on the floor above.
- Be sure to have padded items wherever you are such as mattresses or heavy blankets nearby.
- If you’re driving on the road don’t stay in your car. Get out and find a low depression on the ground such as the ditch.
- Plan how to meet up afterward. After a disaster, it’s a natural desire to want to know where everybody’s at and if they’re all right. Designate a meeting place and be sure everyone knows how to get there. It’s a good idea to have one or two alternate meeting places in case the first choice is not safe or can’t be reached.
- Discuss your plan with your neighbors and share tips you may be helping each other out afterward.
These are just a few tips that will help ensure your safety during a tornado.