Tornadoes. They are big. They are bad. They are deadly. Tornadoes are unpredictable monsters that can strike during the spring and summer months in many places in the United States. Some places are more prone to tornadoes than others. There is a reason why many states like Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas are called Tornado Alley. You may live within Tornado Alley but feel that you will be fine. You have lived there for years without being hit by a tornado, right? Well, life likes to give you surprises, and it may just be the nightmare we call tornadoes. Just because you haven’t been hit personally doesn’t mean you won’t be. It best to be ready and know what to do in this situation. Here are some tips to help you get ready for when a tornado strikes.
It doesn’t hurt to be ready for a tornado. There are some simple things you can do that can really save your life. You never know what time of day a tornado may strike. It could be in the evening when the sun is going down. Have a backpack ready just for a tornado. You can put it on and have all the essentials right on your back. Fill the backpack with a two flashlights, extra batteries, a small first aid kit, and water. You may be able to think of more things to put in your backpack, but those items are must haves. Flashlights will help if power is cut to your home or even worse, if your home is destroyed. No power means no lights.
Another key thing to do is find a safe spot in your home for your family to gather in the event of an impending tornado. Choose a closed off room with no windows. A closet is one of the best choices. A room with a window can be deadly when glass breaks and flies around your home. Another great way to be prepared is to have helmets ready for every member of the family, and maybe some extras in case guests are over. It may seem silly to put on helmets and have no tornado come, but it may be the thing that saves your life.
If you know a tornado is headed your way, be sure to put on your best pair of sneakers. No sandals or heels. Take the time to put on good shoes that can handle walking around debris. Another thing you should consider investing in is a hand held TV. The power may be cut to your home before the tornado arrives, but the news stations may be intact. If you have a small hand held TV, you could keep yourself up-to-date on the weather. A hand radio can also do the trick, though you won’t be able to see the weather maps. Just be sure to have a good amount of batteries ready. There is no harm in being prepared, so don’t feel silly. Feel safer knowing you are ready in the event of a tornado.
Knowing Is the Best Preparation
Lastly, the most important thing in any emergency situation, particularly tornadoes, is time. Here we have the age-old debate of “What is the best way to know that a tornado is coming?” I mean…they even made a movie about it. Twister, while quite horrible, was a nation-wide sensation, and God knows I’ve watched it at least 20 times. Well, if you don’t have the tornado chaser app (this doesn’t really exist), I found some Houston alarm companies that have security systems that give severe weather updates. They can do this not only through the keypad but even through an app. THAT’S technology being put to good use!
Whatever the case, be prepared whether you live in Tornado Alley, Central Texas, or anywhere else. These are always great tips to know and be prepared for.
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