Tornado Survival Guide 101
Category : Oklahoma Storm Shelters
A tornado is a violently rotating column of air that collides with both the ground and a thundercloud. It can travel over 25 miles on the ground, and while some tornadoes are quite small, the damage they cause can be devastating. They are nature’s most formidable events causing severe damage. Due to their frequent change in direction, it is hard to predict where they will occur.
Tornadoes can happen anywhere at any time of the day, but they are most common in Midwest, Southeast, and Southwest states. If you live in Oklahoma City, Kansas, Dallas, Mississippi, Nebraska, or any city in Tornado Alley, it is highly recommended to prepare for the storm ahead of time by following the tornado survival tips shared ahead.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises you to look out for the warning signs your local weather authorities issue.
When a storm or tornado is approaching, weather experts and authorities will issue either of the two following warnings:
1) Tornado Watch: When a tornado is predictable and likely to happen in your area, local authorities issue a tornado watch.
2) Tornado Warning: When a tornado is currently occurring in your area, local authorities will issue a tornado warning. In this event, you are supposed to take shelter immediately.
Tornadoes are catastrophic and have proven to be deadly. You can survive a tornado if you follow the precautions and tips below.
Tip 1: Be Prepared
The best way to be safe is to be prepared ahead of time with the following items:
1) Fresh batteries, battery-operated radio, portable television, and flashlights
2) Emergency kit and plan, with basic first aid supplies
3) Bag of non-perishable food items and medicines
Tip 2: Take Shelter
Flying debris and strong winds cause most injuries. Some locations are safer than others when it comes to taking refuge:
1) Underground cement shelters can protect against airborne debris and injuries
2) Go to the basement or any interior room without any windows
3) If you don’t have a basement, invest in safe rooms to keep yourself and your family safe
You can learn more about our storm shelters here.
Tip 2: Be Informed About the Weather
The best way to avoid any stressful situation is to stay tuned to local radio and television channels and look out for warning signs. If you live in a tornado-prone area, you must be on the watch for any changing weather pattern. Immediately seek shelter if you notice the following:
1) Dark green-grey color of the sky
2) Loud bellowing noise or deep grumble from the sky
3) Large hail
Take shelter in a nearby building if you are outside or in a car.
No one can predict a tornado’s strength before it strikes. It’s better to prepare your family and home before a tornado is expected. Install storm shelters to better protect your loved ones by contacting our team! Learn more about us here.