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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Eight Safety Tips for Tornadoes

In the Midwest area, being prepared for tornados can mean the difference between life and death. These powerful storms have the ability to be deadly, thus it is vital to both your family and your home that you are adequately equipped in case of a tornado emergency.

Here are eight tips to help keep you safe and sound during a tornado:

 

1. Storm Cellar

One of the wisest investments you can make is to build a storm cellar. Most homes already have a storm cellar built-in; however, if your home does not, it is a good idea to start the construction for one. If a tornado is powerful enough, it can completely demolish a home, or severely damage it. If anyone is inside of the home, they could face serious or fatal injuries. Being in a storm cellar with a reinforced steel door will shield anyone from the tornado’s danger.

2. Insurance and Security 
Make sure your homeowner’s insurance is up-to-date. In case there is any damage in your home, you can claim it on your insurance. Additionally, it is a good idea to have a home security system in place. During these types of situations, your home is left vulnerable to burglars. While it might be dangerous, many ignore the risk and use the storm as an excuse to break-into your home. Check out Oklahoma Home Security Systems and other Midwest companies in order to find the best system for your safety.

3. Go Bag 
Have a “go bag” ready at all times. This bag should be an emergency kit that includes, a first-aid kit, copies of all important documents, and cash, among other items. Keep it in an easily accessible location.

4. Food and Water 
Outfit your storm cellar with non-perishable food and water. Having it already fully stocked before a tornado hits ensures you won’t be without in case you are stuck in the cellar for a couple of days. Include blankets, pillows, flashlights, batteries, etc. in your storm cellar prep.

5. Cell Charger 
During tornado season, try to keep your cell charged as much as possible. Additionally, try to keep an extra battery-operated charger handy to take with you in the storm cellar.

6. Radio 
Because cell towers might go out, or reception could be limited in your storm cellar, have a radio with an antenna either inside of your go bag or in your storm cellar. This can help you stay up-to-date on the storm.

7. Family Drills 
Take the time to practice emergency procedures with your family. In the case of a real tornado when everything is chaotic, everyone will know exactly what to do and where to go.

8. Sturdy Shoes 
When the tornado siren goes off, if you have to walk outside to your storm cellar, make sure you have sturdy shoes. There could be dangerous debris on the ground and a foot injury can pose a serious safety hazard.

Above all, remain calm during a tornado. If you are adequately prepared, you should have nothing to worry about.

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