Surviving A Tornado

by GuestPoster on March 25, 2012

This article is an introduction to preparing for tornado season. If you live in the United States, this is probably something you should put some thought into. The US experiences more tornadoes every year than any other country in the world. Over 80 deaths and 1500 injuries every year are the result of tornadoes.

Tornado Alley, a region named for its propensity for the phenomenon, runs from North Dakota to Texas and from Ohio to Wyoming, covering half the country. And even if you live outside of tornado alley, you’re not necessarily safe- one of the hardest hit areas in recent years has been Florida, a state well outside of the supposed reach of Tornado Alley. If you live in the US, there’s a good chance you’ll experience a tornado at least once in your life.

The good news is, with a little knowledge and preparation you can greatly increase your chances of getting through tornado season safely. The first step is awareness of your surroundings. Always be aware of the weather conditions in your area. In the event of a severe storm, tune into the news (I recommend having a battery-powered radio, as power tends to cut out during severe storms). Check out this site for more general emergency preparedness advice.

A tornado watch will be issued when the weather conditions exist that encourage tornadoes. A tornado warning will be issued if a funnel cloud has been seen or traced on radar. In the event of a tornado warning you need to seek shelter immediately. Some other signs a tornado might be near are low-lying, dark greenish clouds, large hail, or roaring winds.

Most injuries during a tornado are the result of flying debris, so the priority is seeking shelter. Find a central room of the building you’re in with no windows, on the lowest floor possible. Get under something for protection, like a heavy table. Avoid being near bookshelves and cabinets, as they are top heavy and prone to falling over.

If you’re in a vehicle, get out immediately. Find a low lying area, such as a ditch. Cover your head with something, you hands if there is nothing else available. Avoid being near many trees, as branches can fly off and injure you.

If you follow these precautions, you’re much more likely to make it though tornado season safely.

Good luck and stay prepared!

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