Tornadoes are wild forces of nature. Once unleashed, nothing can stop them, so the best thing you can do in case it occurs in your area is to make sure that you and your loved ones are safe. Be aware of the fact that this is an actual threat; inside a tornado the wind speed exceeds 360 km/hour and because of this it can destroy everything in its way.
Generally, this natural disaster happens during spring. You may never know when and where a tornado might strike because many American states are threatened by this phenomenon. For emergency cases, it is important to know some basic survival rules.
Dr. Greg Forbes, a severe weather expert at The Weather Channel, and NOAA’s Storm Prediction Centre tells us how to take care of ourselves when a tornado is about to strike.
- The first thing to do is find a safe place where you can stay and that is not under the storm’s reach. A mobile house or driving the car is not a good shelter, so you would better get out of them and find another refuge – for example, a sturdy building.
- Don’t stay near windows and get underground
Wherever you are, stay as far away from windows as possible. Even if a tornado doesn’t hit your house after all, the wind coming from it could shatter the windows, hurting all those near it. A good option is to go underground, either in a basement or storm shelter. If you don’t have this possibility, head towards the lowest floor of your home.
- If a tornado threatens to strike while you are on the road, look for a safe building and take shelter. If you can’t find one, hide inside a ditch, get down and cover your head. Also, go as far as possible from the vehicle, because it can get bumped into you.
- If you are at home, wear shoes and a helmet
If severe weather is threatening to strike and you are at home, you should be prepared for the worst. In this case, it is better to have your shoes and a bike helmet on. These two items can keep safe by preventing an accident like head trauma because of a direct hit from a flying object or stepping in some nails or broken glass.
- Your pets are members of the family, so keep them on a leash or in a carrier and take them with you in a safe place.
- It is important to know some severe weather terms. If you can make the difference between a thunderstorm and a tornado it is a lot easier to understand which safety measures are applicable.
- If you find out that your area is about to be affected by this type of storm, buy some flashlights. You have to be prepared in case the electrical system is damaged and you run out of electricity.
In general, tornadoes pass as fast as they arrive, but they can cause serious trouble. If you follow some safety rules, you will get through it.