This is the second series of a report on preventive measures that can save lives.
This information was obtained at a breakfast meeting on May 9, 2008, which was hosted by the Disaster Resistant Community Partners of Evansville.
The motto is: Be Prepared. Act Now. Stay safe!
Taking Emergency Action Series – Tornadoes
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
Source: Indiana Department of Homeland Security