If you’ve never experienced a tornado before, there’s a good chance that you’re not prepare to handle the havoc. Considering that as of May 2020, 489 tornadoes have already made landfall in the United States with more expected as the weather system moves into the monsoon region, you must get your affairs in order and make a safety plan in case matters take a turn for the worse.
For that, US Safe Rooms is here to provide you with a short guide for everything you need to do in case a tornado hits!
Tornado Preparation Guide
Invest in a Safe Room
It’s the first step for anyone living in a tornado-prone area like Fort Worth or Dallas, TX. Tornado or storm safe rooms are built using reinforced steel and are anchored to the ground using bolts of 10,000 lbs of strength. In contrast to a sturdy housing structure that’s built using timber and concrete, a steel safe room not only prevents the structure from being blown away by the tornado, but it also keeps those who are inside safe as well.
There’s a difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A tornado watch means that to be on the lookout for any funneling or signs of a tornado, whereas a tornado warning requires you to take immediate shelter. Look out for all signs and listen to your local radio if a storm starts brewing.
Plan a System
Run a tornado drill for all members of the household. Every person has to be trained and informed on their tasks and responsibilities, and where they should go. Older children should help with the pets, adults should assist older adults of the house, and children should head to the tornado shelter right away. Pets should also be trained to go to the shelter if a warning is issued.
Prepare the Shelter
Your shelter should have all the following necessities stored in it beforehand:
- Non-perishable food
- Water bottles by the gallon
- Crucial medication
- Battery-operated radio, a battery-operated television, and charging packs for an internet device and phones
- A pack of fresh batteries
- Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags
- Change of clothing for all members of the household
- Sanitary napkins, feminine hygiene products
Although the above information is useful if you’re at home, we recommend that you seek shelter in any way possible if you’re out driving, at school or the office, if you’re on the farm, or just out in the open.
Protect your head from flying debris, and do not chase a tornado because it can change course abruptly. Seek shelter away from any open ways, doors and windows. And if all else fails, take cover under a sturdy structure, or in the basement. And cover yourself with a blanket.
It’s the best way to avoid any injuries in case of tornadoes!