In This Article
- Tip 1: Plan Ahead
- Tip 2: Have Emergency Supplies Ready
- Tip 3: Know General Knowledge About Tornadoes
- Tip 4: Get a Radio and Apps to Keep Vigilant
- Tip 5: Find a Safe Room
- Tip 6: Be Situationally Aware
- Tip 7: Take Cover and Cover Your Head
- Bonus: What To Do If You're Outside?
- Final Thought
In this article, I will cover 7 tornado survival tips to be more ready.
Every year, tornadoes wreak havoc on communities around the country, bringing huge winds and destruction in their wake.
To prepare for a tornado, you must prepare a plan and an emergency package to be safe during a tornado, keep vigilant of weather conditions during thunderstorms, know the best indoor and outdoor shelters, always protect your head, and be situationally aware.
Now, let’s cover exactly how to do that.
Tip 1: Plan Ahead
When there are no clouds in the sky, it is time to prepare for severe weather. Put together a family survival plan in a few minutes. It will aid in the protection of your loved ones and your home.
Here is what you need to “plan ahead”:
- A basic plan if the occasion were to happen – here is a good source.
- Fresh batteries and a communication device to be notified of such an event
- Emergency supplies
- A list of important information
Tip 2: Have Emergency Supplies Ready
Here are some essentials you should have, along with all of the other essentials like food and water.
- A basic first-aid kit is required.
- A battery-powered or crank-operated flashlight, as well as spare batteries, to inspect your home or office after the tornado has passed.
- A battery-operated or crank-operated radio to listen to emergency and news updates.
- Change into a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, work gloves, and sturdy, thick-soled shoes. These will keep you safe from shattered glass, exposed nails, and other potentially harmful things.
- Dust mask to keep particulates and fine debris out of your lungs
Tip 3: Know General Knowledge About Tornadoes
You should know when a tornado is about to strike with this article covering signs a tornado is coming. If you see any of these indications, seek immediate shelter and stay connected to local radio and television stations, as well as an NOAA weather radio or the internet for further information.
Tip 4: Get a Radio and Apps to Keep Vigilant
A tornado watch means there’s a chance of tornadoes in your area. Listen to the news on the radio or television. I suggest tuning in to the NOAA station. A radio will also notify you when the threat has gone.
Tip 5: Find a Safe Room
Sometimes, if tornadoes come at higher speeds, there is simply no easy way to prepare. A safe room will give you all the security you need and will protect you from a range of natural disasters. Typically, your home owner’s insurance will give you a discount.
However, in such a case where you didn’t invest in a safe room, your safest bet is to go to the basement or a room on the lowest floor with no windows (bathroom, closet, center hallway).
Avoid taking refuge in a room with windows if at all feasible. Put yourself under a strong object for further protection (a heavy table or workbench). A blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress should be used to keep your body warm.
Tip 6: Be Situationally Aware
Bring items outside like yard furniture, toys, and gardening tools, as well as anchor items that can’t be brought inside. To improve security by starting to moving stuff around.
And, if a tornado were to approach you, be very careful to stay away from large furniture and windows.
Tip 7: Take Cover and Cover Your Head
This is good practice no matter how prepared you are, with a safe room or not.
Move yourself to a room on the lowest floor of the home, as far away from outside walls and windows as possible. To shield yourself from flying debris, use pillows, cushions, blankets, or mattresses and cover your head securely.
Bonus: What To Do If You're Outside?
If you’re caught outside and there’s no place to go, crawl into a ditch, depression, or culvert to hide and protect your head. Keep a safe distance from trees and cars that may be blown over.
Now, as a final note, you have to take action on these things or all this information here will be useless to you.
Additionally, try to practice drills to see how fast you can prepare for a tornado and learn to use your gear correctly.
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