Natural Disasters: Tornado Safety

An essential yet often overlooked aspect of keeping yourself and your family safe is preparing and planning for what to do in the event of a natural disaster. Most of the most common and destructive natural disasters are tornadoes. Tornadoes are violent and often unpredictable storms that go hand in hand with severe storms. March through May marks the peak season for tornados in southern states. Keep reading for general information on how to prepare for and what to do in the event of a tornado.


Talk About It


Spend some time with your family discussing tornados. What a tornado is, when one might form, and how to protect yourself in the event of one. Tornadoes can form very suddenly. Its important to know the signs. Watch for dark or often greenish clouds, hail, clouds of debris, funnel clouds, and roaring noises.


Make a Plan


Make a specific plan for what your family will do if a tornado happens. Make this plan specific for where all the members of your family are at the time the tornado occurs. It's important to go over this plan with all the members of your family often! Once you have a plan in place practice it. This will ensure that everyone remembers what to do even in a time of stress or panic.


Make an Emergency Kit


Making an emergency kit can be the difference between life and death in some situations. Some good things to include are water, a battery powered radio, flashlights, extra batteries, first-aid supplies, any necessary prescriptions, non-perishable foods, extra clothing and blankets, and a plastic sheet and duct tape.



Where to Seek Shelter


The safest place in the event of a tornado is the interior part of a building’s basement. If there is no basement try to get to an interior room without windows, like a bathroom or closet. It's important to ensure this room is on the lowest level of the building. If you are outside or live in a vehicle or mobile home, try to find shelter in a nearby building. If none are available, lie flat in a low spot on the ground and use your arms to cover your neck and head from debris.


Teach About the Aftermath


The physical tornado is not the only danger associated with the storm. Damage to your home or other infrastructure could be dangerous as well. Fallen power lines, damaged gas lines, and dangerous or sharp debris are all topics that should be covered.


No one wants to think about going through the ordeal of a natural disaster. However, some forethought and planning will go a long way if you and your family ever find yourself in that uncomfortable situation. More information on tornado preparedness and other natural disasters can be found at Ready.gov.


Thanks for taking the time to read about tornado safety! At Southern Insurance we take pride in helping our customer prepare physically and financially for any situation that life might throw. If you have any questions about your homeowners policy give as a call! We would love to discuss safety and coverage.


Southern Insurance Associates

(423) 296-0626


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