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A warning sign for tornadoes on a road

3 Ways to Keep Kids Safe During a Tornado

Tornadoes are a common natural disaster, and some regions or states are more prone to be affected by a tornado. Tornadoes can occur at any time of the year, and houses in regions with frequent tornadoes often have safe rooms in them. It is important to be prepared for such calamities and stay aware of necessary safety measures.

Here are three ways to keep your children safe during a tornado.

A warning sign for tornadoes on a road

Be Prepared

The first and foremost thing is to always be prepared. Tell your kids about tornadoes, tornado warnings, and watches, the region they live in, and which location can be a safe shelter. Tell your kids to keep the below-mentioned things on stand-by:

  • New batteries and radio or internet-enabled devices to stay aware of the latest weather information.
  • An emergency plan includes access to a safe shelter room for the family members.
  • A first-aid kit and an emergency kit that includes non-perishable food and water.
  • a list of important phone numbers

Emergency first-aid kit

Teach Weather Conditions

Teach your kids to pay attention to the changing weather conditions in your region. If tornadoes are expected, all ears should be on the local radio or TV stations for additional weather information. A tornado might form without any warning. Teach your kids the following weather signs for tornadoes:

  • Large hail
  • A green or dark-colored sky
  • A loud roar similar to freight rain
  • A dark, huge, low-lying cloud

Where to go for Shelter

The common cause of death during a tornado is flying and falling debris. However, 100% safety is never guaranteed during natural disasters like tornadoes. Some locations are still way safer than others. Some safer locations can be:

  • Inside rooms orbasements with no windows on the lowest floor.
  • Avoid taking shelter in rooms with windows
  • Get under something sturdy like a bench or a heavy table.
  • Cover the body with a mattress, a blanket, or a sleeping bag.
  • Protect the head with anything available
  • Avoid mobile houses.

If you happen to be in a mobile house, leave it and look for the closest building. If you are in a car, stop driving and go to the nearest sturdy building.

Do you want to take the necessary safety measures for your family during extreme weather? Oklahoma Shelters can provide you with tornado shelters and underground bunkers to stay safe. We provide the protection you need during tornadoes in Oklahoma. Call us today to know more about our services and products.


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