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Safety Nugget Week of May 1 - Tornado and Storm Safety< Back to Blog

May 02, 2018
By: C. Wang
Categories: Safety

TORNADO AND STORM SAFETY

Spring is here, and that means tornado season is a threat for many states. Here are some of the Tornado safety tips that I found maybe helpful to us:

  1. Figure out a safe place to ride out the storm

  2. Get away from windows and get underground

  3. If a tornado appears while you're on the road:

You should make every effort to find a safe building for shelter. If you can't find one, NEVER hide under an overpass. Instead, find a ditch, get down and cover your head. Get as far from your vehicle as you can to prevent it from being blown onto you.

  1. Put on your shoes – and a helmet

If you're at home and severe weather is bearing down, prepare for the worst. If your house is damaged by a tornado, you could end up walking through debris that's riddled with nails, glass shards and splintered wood. The best way to ensure your shoes aren't scattered is to put on a pair before the storm comes.

  1. Keep your pets on a leash or in a carrier, and bring them with you

  2. Don't leave your home and try to drive away from a tornado

If you made it home, stay there. Tornadoes can shift their path, and even if you think you're directly in the line of the storm, being inside shelter is safer than being inside a car.

  1. Know your severe weather terms

  • Severe thunderstorm watch: Conditions are conducive to the development of severe thunderstorms in and around the watch area.

  • Severe thunderstorm warning: Issued when a severe thunderstorm has been observed by spotters or indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. These warnings usually last for a period of 30 to 60 minutes.

  • Tornado watch: Conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms and multiple tornadoes in and around the watch area. People in the affected areas are encouraged to be vigilant in preparation for severe weather.

  • Tornado warning: Spotters have sighted a tornado or one has been indicated on radar and is occurring or imminent in the warning area. When a tornado warning has been issued, people in the affected area are strongly encouraged to take cover immediately.

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