Every year, thousands of people are terrified by the presence of
the most powerful and destructive force on the planet. Fortunately,
we have learned a thing or two about how to protect ourselves from
these severe weather phenomenon's and decrease our chances of injury
to ourselves and our families.
Below is a list of helpful hints on what to do in case of a tornado.
When the skies look threatening, listen to the radio. The National
Weather Service tracks all weather systems with sophisticated radar
and is usually able to give adequate warning of violent weather
When a watch is issued, listen to broadcast advisories and be
ready to take cover. It is wise to collect a battery powered light,
radio and have family members within earshot under watch conditions.
Also, take your car keys; should a tornado hit your area, your car
may still be operable but keys would be lost in the rubble.
Take an inventory of all your household furnishings and personal
belongings. In case of tornado or other disaster, this inventory
will be invaluable to you in settling your insurance claim. Make
sure you keep your inventory in a safe place, like a bank safe deposit
A tornado sounds like the roar of hundreds of airplanes. You'll
probably get warning before that ominous sound approaches. We suggest
you listen to the radio when the sky looks forbidding.
A Tornado Watch means tornadoes may be expected to develop.
A Tornado Warning means a tornado has actually been sighted.
For further protection, move to your basement. Get under a heavy
table or work bench if possible. If you have no basement, take cover
in small, windowless interior rooms on the lowest level, such as
closets or bathrooms.
If you're in an office building or school, protect yourself in
an interior hallway or a lower floor. Avoid auditorium or gymnasiums
or other structures with wide, free span roofs.
In mobile homes or vehicles, leave them and go to a substantial
structure. If there is no shelter nearby, lie flat in the nearest
ditch, ravine or culvert with your hands shielding your head.
Closely inspect your property, including automobiles, for damage.
Report any gas leaks or electrical damage immediately.
If your home is damaged, get in touch with your insurance agent
or company. In the meantime, secure your remaining property to protect
it from further damage or theft. Take an inventory of the damage
so you can file your insurance claim as soon as possible. Notify
your relatives of your safety. Local authorities may waste time
trying to locate you if you don't send word. Limit your calls to
one minute each. Do not tie up the telephone lines with unnecessary
calls. Cooperate in the general clean-up of debris.