Tornado season is only just beginning, but this year has already seen many destructive twisters from Illinois to Texas.
Here are some tips to help you prepare for tornado season, some of which could possibly save your life.
1. Prepare Your Tornado Plan – The first thing you need to do is designate your “shelter room.” If your house doesn’t have an underground storm shelter, you should choose an area that is the lowest, smallest and most central. This is often a cellar or basement. It could also be a central hallway or bathroom. Stay as far away as possible from windows.
2. Prepare Your Tornado Kit – Every household should have an emergency kit that is easily accessible when tornado conditions arrive. This kit should include:
- Battery-powered radio or TV
- Extra batteries
- First aid kit
- Sturdy shoes
- Identification and cash
- Spare set of keys to vehicles
3. Act Quickly – If your area is in a tornado warning, don’t waste time. Grab your tornado kit, pillows and blankets and get to your shelter room immediately. Use the radio to listen to weather broadcasts, and don’t leave until the danger has passed. Use pillows and blankets, arms and hands to cover your neck and head.
4. Know Your Aftermath Plan – Your entire family should have a designated area to meet just in case you are separated. Treat anyone who may be injured, but don’t move them if they appear to be seriously injured.
5. Stay Calm – Being prepared and staying calm will increase your response time, ensure you make the right decisions and often save lives.
- Never stay in a car or mobile home during a tornado. You are safer outside in the lowest area.
- Never try to outrun a tornado. They can change direction at any moment.
- Never take cover beneath a bridge or overpass.
- Never go outside to watch a tornado. Take cover immediately.