Tornadoes are known to be very violent by nature. Tornadoes have the capability of destroying uprooting trees, well-made structures and hurl objects through the air like deadly missiles. A tornado is a rotating column of air that extends from the base of a thunderstorm and goes down to the ground. In such violent situations, what should one do?
It is important to take all the precautionary measures in order to stay safe from a Tornado. Here are some tips on Tornado Safety:
When you are at Home: Either move to a windowless area in tour home or the lowest level of your house. You also should get away from any windows and stay in the center of the room. Don’t go to any corners because they attract wreckage. You can also go under a heavy table or workbench and hold on to it tightly. Make sure to use your arms to protect your head and neck.
When you are at school or work: Once again, move to a basement or hallway at the lowest level. Avoid places with wide-span roofs such as cafeterias, shopping malls, auditoriums or large hallways. Hide under a workbench or heavy table and protect your head and neck.
If you are outdoors: If it is possible, you should go inside a building. But, if no shelter is available and there is no time to get somewhere inside, then lie in a low-lying area such as a ditch or crouch near a strong building. Keep an eye out for flood waters which might fill low areas.
If you are in a car: Don’t every try to drive faster than a tornado because tornadoes easily change direction and can lift your car and toss it around. The best option is to get out of the car, go inside a building or a ditch and stay away from your vehicle.
Benefits of installing a storm shelter in your house:
Tornadoes can occur so rapidly, without any warning. A great option of keeping your family safe from such a disaster is to install storm shelters in your house. You can install a storm shelter below or above the ground; both having their own benefits.
You can place underground shelters anywhere below the ground. There are steps that lead down into the shelter, so in case of a Tornado, you and your family can move underground and stay safe. These can be conveniently installed in your garage in as little as one day. On the other hand, above the ground shelters are more suitable for adults who can’t go down stairs or ladders. You can simply walk in this shelter and close the door behind you. Safe rooms are also great because you can transport them to another location if you move.
Make sure to stay safe from a Tornado by following the safety tips or by installing a storm shelter in your home..