Your family may not be together when a tornado strikes so it is very important to plan in advance:
For an easy plan of action you can download communication plans for both parents and kids on FEMA’s website.
We also recommend inquiring about emergency plans at places where your family spends time like work, daycare, school, church, sports events and commuting. If no plans exist, consider volunteering to help create one. Talk to community leaders, your colleagues, neighbors and members of faith or civic organizations about how you can work together in the event of an emergency.
You will be better prepared to safely reunite your family and loved ones during a tornado if you think ahead and communicate with others in advance!
A common myth is that you don’t have to worry about tornados if you live in a relatively low risk area. That is false. You should always be on guard and prepared to protect your family. Tornado preparedness is not just for those in Tornado Alley. Most states will have tornados touch down in a lifetime.
Knowing what to do before, during and after a tornado is a critical part of being prepared and may make all the difference when seconds count.
Take a look at the basic measures you should take during a tornado:
Tornados are nature’s most violent storms. Created from powerful thunderstorms, tornados can cause deaths and injuries as well as devastate a neighborhood in seconds. A tornado appears as a rotating, funnel-shaped cloud that extends from a thunderstorm to the ground with whirling winds that can reach 300 miles per hour.
Damage paths can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long. Every state is at some risk from this hazard. Some tornados are clearly visible, while rain or nearby low-hanging clouds obscure others. Occasionally, tornados develop so rapidly that little, if any, advance warning is possible.
Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still. A cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible. Tornados generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.
The most important thing to remember is if you see approaching storms or any of the danger signs, be prepared to take shelter immediately.
If disaster strikes, you may not have any other choice than to turn to your community or government. We have compiled a list of disaster recovery resources that can help you on your journey of getting your life back in order after a disaster like a tornado.
Your number one concern is the safety of your family, so in order to be prepared for an emergency or storm, request more information about our storm shelters – we are here to help.
Before a severe storm hits, we suggest assembling a disaster supply kit that contains the following:
What are you waiting for? Start protecting your family by assembling your disaster supply kit today! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
If you find someone who is injured, administer first aid as best you can and seek medical attention for them. Below are some emergency first aid tips:
If you have any questions, or would like more information about our storm shelters, contact us!
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