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 improve your family’s odds of surviving the next big tornado.
1. Create a Family Plan
Talk beforehand with family members about your designated place to wait out the tornado. If you don’t have one of these the next best place within your house 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 house is good. Ducking and covering your head in the bathtub will help to protect you from flying debris.
Periodic tornado drills are an excellent way to prepare your loved ones, especially children, beforehand for a tornado.
If you’re outdoors try to find a building to take refuge. Steer clear of windows, automobiles and any downed electrical lines.
Know what the terms Tornado Watch and Warning imply so that you can act accordingly. A “Tornado Watch” is issued to inform the community that they need to be on the lookout of a possible tornado and a “Tornado Warning” is issued when a tornado was really 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 alarms and tracking of any storm in advance please see NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
If you live in a mobile home, it’s 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 remove as much external storage as possible. Secure little 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 sufficient food and water to last for a few weeks.
Maintain an emergency portable radio on hand, preferably one that does not require batteries so that you can keep up to date on the path of this tornado.
Pet Safety During A Tornado
Many times when we are preparing for a disaster we forget to plan for our small four-legged friends. They’re 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 certain that your pets’ medication is all filled.
Put your pet in a hard carrier cage while you are riding out the tornado in your designated spot.
Make certain that your pet is on a leash if you go outside after the tornado has passed. There’s likely to be many downed electric wires and many dangerous objects from the flying debris of the storm.
Maintain a Pet First Aid Kit on hand in case your pet is injured during the tornado.
If you’re separated from your pet be certain 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 major tornado by creating a family program, preparing your house and gathering all of the essential lifesaving survival supplies before the disaster occurs. Therefore, don’t delay. Get prepared!