Tornado Preparedness Plan

Having a tornado preparedness plan is of the utmost importance due to the unpredictable nature of tornadoes. Tornadoes have to be one of the most ominous naturally occurring phenomenon in weather. Advances in technology are making it easier to locate tornado activity, however there is still a great deal of inaccuracy no to mention the short notice. This makes a tornado one of the most dangerous events in meteorology.

Before the Tornado

  • Locate a place in your home where you will go during a tornado. The location should be on the lowest level of your home. If you do not have a basement or storm cellar, go to a room in the center of the house without any windows. Plan on seeking shelter under a strong table or desk if possible. Gather in a centrally-located bathroom if necessary.
  • Have a 72 hour kit available and know its location.
  • Have a weather radio available to listen for updated storm reports.

During a Tornado

  • If indoors, go to the place you've selected in the planning section above. Turn on your weather radio in order to stay tuned for the latest reports.
  • If outdoors, find a ditch or the lowest point possible to get into.
  • If you are driving, stop, get out of the car, and seek shelter in a low lying area.

After a Tornado

  • If the tornado was severe enough to cause structural damage to your home, be prepared to shut off your utilities if you smell gas or have a broken water pipe and leave the home.
  • Use the items in your 72 hour kit, which should include a good first aid kit.

Tornado preparation is the key to your survival. Needless to say, do not stand and observe tornadoes up close and personal. Do not attempt to second guess mother nature. You will not survive an F5 tornado while standing outside taking tornado pictures. Get prepared now, have an emegency preparedness plan in place, and know where you are going to go if you faced with an approaching tornado.


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