Tornadoes are terrifying and destructive events that can change your life in an instant. Discover 3 simple steps in “How to Survive a Tornado 1-2-3 Guide” that can increase your family’s odds of surviving the next big tornado.
1. Create a Family Plan
Talk ahead of time with family members about your designated place to wait out the tornado. Ideally this would be in an underground shelter such as a basement or storm cellar. If you do not have one of these the next best place within your home would be on the lowest floor, closest to the center of your home, away from any glass or windows. A hallway or bathroom that is toward the center of your home is good. Ducking and covering your head inside the bathtub will help to protect you from flying debris.
Periodic tornado drills are an excellent way to prepare your family, especially children, ahead of time for a tornado.
If you are outdoors try to find a building to take shelter. Stay away from windows, cars and any downed electrical lines.
Know what the terms Tornado Watch and Warning mean so you can act accordingly. A “Tornado Watch” is issued to inform the community that they should be on the lookout of a possible tornado and a “Tornado Warning” is issued when a tornado has been actually picked up on radar. If there is a tornado warning issued in your area it is your sign to take cover immediately.
For active weather alerts and tracking of any storm in progress please visit NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
2. Prepare Your Home for a Tornado
If you live in a mobile home, it is wise to find a nearby shelter to take cover as mobile homes are even more vulnerable to damage from the high winds of a tornado.
Try to eliminate as much outside storage as possible. Secure small structures, such as sheds, to their foundations.
3. Have Your Tornado Survival Supplies Ready
Keep emergency supplies on hand such as a Tornado Survival Kit and enough food and water to last for a few weeks.
Check expiration dates on your food, water, batteries and replace as needed.
Keep an emergency portable radio on hand, preferably one that does not require batteries so you can keep up to date on the path of the tornado.
Pet Safety During A Tornado
Many times when we are preparing for a disaster we forget to plan for our little four-legged friends. They are an important part of the family and their needs need to be looked after as well.
Make sure that your pet has a collar with its identification on it. Even better, get your pet micro chipped.
Make sure that your pets’ medication is all filled.
Have enough food and water stored away for your pet to feed them for a few weeks.
Put your pet in a hard carrier cage while you are riding out the tornado in your designated spot.
Make sure that your pet is on a leash if you go outdoors after the tornado has passed. There is likely to be many downed electrical wires and many dangerous objects from the flying debris of the storm.
Keep a Pet First Aid Kit on hand in case your pet is injured during the tornado.
If you are separated from your pet make sure that you go in to your local shelter and leave your pets information. Someone may recognize your pet and be able to return him/her back to you.
Your odds will be greatly increased of surviving the next big tornado by creating a family plan, preparing your home and gathering all of the essential lifesaving survival supplies before the disaster occurs. Your family will feel much more at ease having gone through these steps. So, don’t delay. Get prepared!