When a tornado touches down, it may already be too late.
Although found most commonly in specific parts of the country ranging from Texas to Nebraska and even Indiana, countless homes are vulnerable to these massive windstorms. And with windspeeds capable of reaching more than 300 miles per hour, it’s easy to see why it’s so important to prepare before it strikes.
Before a Tornado
Make a plan
Prepare your emergency kit and make a communication plan. Identify evacuation routes in your area and define a meeting point for your family.
Know the signs
Become familiar with the tell-tale signs of an impending tornado, including the shape, a cloud of debris, or a loud roar.
During a Tornado
Go to the closest safehouse available. Take cover in the storm cellar or in a small, windowless room in the lowest level of the building.
Keep it locked down
Do not try to open windows to prevent them from breaking; this will only allow another entry point into your home for rain and wind damage.
After a Tornado
Steer clear of power
Avoid going near fallen power lines and damaged utility lines.
Shoot a text
Phone lines can get congested after a disaster. Stick to texts or social media to communicate.
Cover your mouth with a cloth or mask to prevent dust inhalation when handling debris. Wear thick-soled shoes, heavy-duty gloves, and work pants when cleaning up.