Tornadoes can be life threatening as they form within minutes and leave a pathway of destruction similar to a nuclear blast. They are unpredictable and can happen suddenly, any time of year, although most occur during the spring months.
If your home suffers damage from a tornado, a homeowners insurance policy keeps you covered, both your dwelling and its contents. However, your survival is more important than your stuff, and depends on how well prepared you are should a tornado strike. So please, before you navigate away from this page take a minute to review these guidelines – it could save your life.
What Not to Do During a Tornado:
Do Not stay in a Mobile home as they offer very little protection from tornadoes.
Do Not open the windows in your home or business.
Do Not try to outrun a tornado in a car.
Do Not get under a highway overpass or bridge as you will be exposing yourself to flying debris.
National Weather Service Safety Guidelines
If you are in a building:
Go to a pre-designated shelter area such as a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or the buildings lowest level. If you don’t have a basement, take shelter in the center of an interior room on the lowest level, such as a bathroom, closet or interior hallway that is away from corners, windows, doors and outside walls.
If you are in a vehicle, trailer or mobile home:
Get out immediately and go to a nearby sturdy building or storm shelter and seek shelter on its lowest floor.
If you are outside without nearby shelter:
Lie down in a ditch, ravine, or depression nearby and cover your head with your hands.
What is the difference between a Tornado Watch & a Tornado Warning?
A Tornado Watch lets people s know to be on the lookout for a possible tornado in the area
A Tornado Warning is a notification that an actual tornado has been spotted on radar
Keep alert and watch for changing weather conditions
Listen to your local news reports & weather updates
Review your family or business emergency preparedness plan
Review your disaster kit
Be ready to seek shelter at a moments notice
Dark greenish or orange-gray skies
Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped clouds
A loud roar that is similar to a freight train
Take shelter immediately
Listen to your local radio for updates