Monday, May 03 2010
Taking Emergency Action Series – Tornadoes
With all the severe weather we are having, we thought it would be a good idea to go over some emergency action plans. It never hurts.
A tornado is a violent storm with spiraling wind, often accomplished by hail, wind, and rain. Strong tornadoes can sweep houses off foundations, destroy brick buildings, and toss cars. The noise of a tornado has been described as a roaring sound – like a train far away.
In case of a tornado:
Grab your emergency kit and NOAA weather radio id you have time.
In homes or small buildings, take shelter in an interior part of the lowest level, including basement, hallways, and interior bathrooms.
In public areas, like schools or shopping centers, go to pre-designated shelter areas. Interior hallways on the lowest floor are best. Stay away from windows.
In high-rise buildings, go to interior small rooms or hallways on the lowest floor possible with no windows. If you can see outside, you are not safe.
In vehicles or mobile homes, leave them and take shelter in a substantial structure. If there is no shelter, lie flat in the nearest ditch with your hands shielding your head and neck.
Stay away from windows, doors, and outside walls. Try to protect your head.
Get under something sturdy or lie in the bathtub. Cover yourself with a blanket.
Do not wait! Prepare for tornadoes:
Have your home inspected and make sure it can withstand high winds.
Attach wind straps and tie-downs to reinforce your home or business.
Construct a “safe room” in your home. These are specially designed to protect you from tornadoes.
Install safety film over windows. This transparent covering helps protect you from flying debris.
Reinforce or replace garage doors and double entry doors to withstand high winds.
Brace gable framing to reinforce your roof.
Remove loose objects close to your home, such as trashcans, yard debris, or anything that can be picked up by a tornado. Inspect large trees and limbs that are close to your home.
Construct your home with insulated concrete forms. They make your home much stronger and more energy efficient.
This preparedness pamphlet from the Red Cross will help you to prepare better for any emergency. You can download a copy here:
Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security