Be Weather Aware with These 5 Tornado Safety Tips
Do you have a plan if severe weather strikes? Help lessen panic by knowing what to do with these 5 quick safety tips on what to do and what not to do if there is a tornado threat.
No doubt, the threat is understandably nerve wracking, especially for us who experienced the destructive and deadly tornado outbreak around the state of Alabama. Having a plan and knowing what you will do in advance will help stay calm during an emergency.
First off, it's important to know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.
Tornado Watch - Tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans, and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives!
Tornado Warning - A tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. Tornado warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Go immediately under ground to a basement, storm cellar or an interior room (closet, hallway or bathroom).
5 Tornado Safety Tips (provided by the National Weather Service)
- Seek shelter in a basement or interior room on the lowest floor of your home or business, such as a closet, bathroom or hallway.
- Protect your head from flying debris with a helmet, mattress, pillow, or anything that will provide better protection than your hands.
- Abandon mobile homes and vehicles for more substantial shelter.
- Stay away from windows, and do not waste time trying to open them.
- Do not take shelter under a highway overpass