Tornado Safety Tips
Tornado Safety Tips Living in Texas, it is important to know tornado safety tips. If you already have a plan in place, it is important to check your dilate kit, make any changes to your communications plan, & check your homeowners insurance policy and keep your information updated.
1. Create a Disaster Kit
Keep at least 3 days worth of the following:
Be sure to have enough bottled water on hand for each person and pet.
Enough non-perishable food —and remember to include a can opener in your disaster kit.
Keep medication accessible.
Fully stocked First Aid kit
A flashlight or lantern and batteries.
At least one change of clothes and shoes for each member of your family.
Blankets, sleeping bags, and pillows.
A few hundred dollars in cash.
Printed, laminated copies of important documents and papers, such as insurance information.
Cell phone chargers and power banks.
A battery-powered emergency radio, TV, or similar device equipped to receive broadcasts from the National Weather Service.These items should be pack in a water- and weather-proof container and store it in a safe, accessible location near or in your safe space.
2. Create a Communications GuideCreate a communications guide for your family members. Include contact information for any extended family who may live in the vicinity and be affected by a tornado. Include social media contacts in your guide. If services have been significantly disrupted, the best way to reach someone might be through their social accounts. Print and laminate copies of this guide for each member of your family. Having a pocket sized version that can be kept in your wallet or purse would be key.
3. Follow Evacuation Plans.There are several apps you can add to your phone to get up to the minute weather updates. The American Red Cross tornado app, will alert you to changing weather conditions and provide you with fair warning to escape a dangerous location. Local weather stations also have apps that will keep you updated as well. If you believe that a tornado is headed your way, follow the tornado evacuation plans recommended for your location. Tornados can be unpridictable at times, so keep an eye on the sky and these bad weather indicators to know when to seek shelter:
A particularly dark or greenish sky
Big, low-lying, dark clouds
Intense rain followed by an eerie calm
A strong shift in wind direction or air temperature
Debris moving through the air as if of its own accord
The tornado roar—which usually sounds like a continuous rumble, a deep roar, or a nonstop whirring noise