How to prepare for Tornadoes

How to prepare for Tornadoes

Tornado Destruction Joplin Missouri DevastYou just never know when they are going to strike but there are a few areas of the country that are much more vulnerable to tornado activity than others.
Tornadoes can form anywhere in the United States, but”tornado alley” that is that part of the central United States starting in western Texas extending up through Oklahoma into Kansas and”Dixie street” from the southeast are two areas which are particularly prone to tornadoes.
Here’s a safety emergency checklist which you may find useful. It can be helpful in your disaster planning and your emergency preparedness, a critical part of that is doing just this-having a plan and discussing it with your family.
1. Before a storm hits, be sure to have somewhere to go either in your house or nearby that you can visit if a tornado warning is issued. We always recommend in any kind of situation where natural disasters such as wildfires, tornadoes, hurricanes or floods happen that you have a”go kit” that has flashlights, food and water supplies for at least three days, a first aid kit, copies of important financial documents and an emergency supply of medication and possibly even a change of clothes. Make sure that you avoid doors or windows with glass. If you’re indoors, get in the basement if you have one or into a center hallway or windowless room. Some people maintain a tub is the sturdiest place which you can be. Put as many walls as possible between you and the oncoming storm.
4. If you’re outdoors, lie flat in the lowest spot which you can find-even a little gully will do. Cover your head with your arms and keep yourself as low as you can to present a small target.
5. Like any other natural disaster, it’s your choice to be the provider of emergency services for your family. Emergency responders are busy doing other than their regular work and can’t provide support.
6. You should always have an emergency plan in place and discuss it with your family at least a year so that if and when the time comes, they will know what to do.
Natural disasters can occur at anytime and everywhere. When they happen isn’t the time to be thinking about disaster planning and emergency preparedness. Do it now!


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