Tornado Safety Tips

With the start of summer a few weeks away, we’re in the thick of tornado season. Tornados are one of Mother Nature’s most powerful forces, and it’s important that you know what to do if one hits.

To prepare for tornado season, here’s what you should do:

  • Build an emergency kit, including non-perishable food supplies, a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio, flashlights and extra batteries.
  • Create a family communication plan, in case you’re not all together when the tornado hits.
  • Conduct regular tornado drills.

If a tornado is predicted, do the following:

  • If the building your in has a basement, go there immediately. If there is not a basement, go to the building’s lowest level and try to get as close to the center of the building as possible, staying away from windows.
  • Try to avoid areas with large rooms and wide-span roofs.
  • If you’re in a vehicle, try to find a nearby shelter. If none exists, stay in your car with your seatbelt buckled, put your head below the widows and cover yourself with a blanket or coat, to avoid flying debris. Avoid seeking shelter below bridges.

For more information on tornado safety tips, check out this handy resource from FEMA.