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Tornado Safety – How to Stay Safe during a Tornado

Tornado Safety

Most tornadoes don’t lift houses into the air, so tornado safety means going where you are safest. They can do heavy damage to buildings, produce flying debris, and cause injuries or worse. Each year the U.S. sees an average of 1,000 recorded tornadoes that cause 1,500 injuries and 80 deaths. Here’s how to prepare for a tornado and how to stay safe during and after one.

Tornado Safet Before The Storm 

  • Find out what your community’s tornado risk is. Tornadoes are most common in the Midwest and the Southeast. Create a disaster preparedness plan with your family, as well as an emergency kit.
  • Create a disaster preparedness plan with your family, as well as an emergency kit. Establish where to take shelter and where to meet after a disaster. Practice a tornado drill at least once a year. Be prepared to protect your pets in an emergency, too.
  • Know the signs of a tornado. Rotating clouds, whirling dust or debris on the ground, and a continuous loud roar.
  • Know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning. A watch is when the conditions are right for tornadoes to form. A warning signals the approach of an existing tornado. Stay alert for weather reports.
  • Protect your home: 
  • Make a list of items to bring inside when a tornado is approaching.
  • Prune trees and shrubs to make them more wind-resistant.
  • Reduce the number of loose items in your yard.
  • Install permanent shutters on windows.
  • Reinforce garage doors.

Tornado Safety During The Storm 

  • Go to the lowest floor in a room with no windows, such as a bathroom, inner hallway, or closet. In a bathtub, while holding a mattress over you is often suggested.
  • If you go into a basement, try to be in an area that is not under a room. If the building collapses, you could be hurt or trapped.
  • Don’t use the elevator if you are in an office building, hospital, or high-rise building. Take shelter on the lower level that is away from windows and glass. Get under some form of protection like a sturdy table. Cover yourself with thick paddings, such as a blanket or mattress. Crouch as low as possible facing down and cover your head with your hands.
  • If you’re in a mobile home, go to a safe building immediately. Most tornadoes can wreck even a tied-down mobile home.
  • If you’re in a car or outdoors, don’t try to outrun a tornado. Get out of the car and find shelter underground or in a nearby building. Don’t go under bridges or highway overpasses.
  • If you can’t get to a safe place, protect your head with your arms and cover your body with a coat or blanket. Get up-to-date emergency information and instructions. Listen to alerting systems like NOAA Weather Radio.

Tornado Safety After The Storm 

  • Make sure the storm has passed and gone to a safe place. Don’t return home until local authorities say it’s safe.
  • Keep listening for updated information on the disaster. Let your loved ones know you’re safe and check your family’s safety. Help injured people.
  • Avoid breathing in the dust by covering your mouth with a cloth or mask if you get trapped. Don’t shout – send a text, bang on a pipe or wall, or use a whistle instead.
  • Stay away from downed wires, damaged buildings, and dangerous debris. Wind from the storm embeds broken glass or sharp objects into all surfaces.
  • Don’t use matches, lighters, and candles – there may be natural gas leaks nearby. Use battery-operated flashlights.

Tornados are high wind and water storms that you should prepare for. For emergency flood repair or mold removal services, call your local PuroClean office.