Short but important introduction! This webpage of Tornado Videos is dedicated to Tornado safety. The four topics that will be covered are:
- Tornado Watch & Warning
- Preparing for a Tornado
- During a Tornado
- After a Tornado
Tornado Watch & Warning
Tornado Watch – BE PREPARED!
Tornadoes are possibly in or near the watch area. You should review and talk about your emergency plans, check supplies and safe room/space. Be on guard to act quickly if a Tornado warning is issued or you may fear a Tornado is approaching.
It’s easily able to suggest that acting early saves lives. Tornado watches are usually issued by the National Weather Service’s Storm Predication Center for counties where Tornadoes may strike. The watch area is typically large, covering a number of counties…
… or even STATES!
Tornado Warning – TAKE ACTION IMMEDIATELY!
A Tornado has been sighted/spotted on the ground or indicated on radar. This means there is an imminent danger to life and property (life comes first always). Should a warning be issued, move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building.
At all costs, avoid windows. If you live in a mobile home, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. The same scenario goes for people in vehicles or outdoors.
Warnings tend to be issued by local forecasters. The warning area tends to be a much smaller area (size of small city/county – unlike watch area) which may be impacted by a Tornado identified by either a forecaster (radar), spotter (in the field) or law enforcement.
Preparing for a Tornado
Always be Weather-ready: Check the forecast regularly to see whether or not you’re at risk for Tornadoes. Listen to local news/radio or even a NOAA Weather radio to keep informed about Tornado watches and warnings.
Create a family (communication) plan: Create a family (inc. pets) plan which includes an emergency meeting place and subsequent information. Pick a safe room in your home (basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor of the building – which has no windows).
Practice your family plan: Conduct a family severe Thunderstorm (Tornado) drill on a frequent basis just so that everyone in the family knows what to do if a Tornado approaches. Make sure that your family knows where to be when a Tornado warning is issued. Don’t forget those pets also!
Prepare your home: Contemplate having your safe room reinforced. Find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection here.
Help your neighbour: Encourage your loved ones to prepare – the last and most important preparation point. As a suggestion, take CPR training so that you can help someone out if someone is in trouble.
During a Tornado
Stay Weather-ready: Continue to listen to local news/radio or even a NOAA Weather radio to keep informed about Tornado watches and warnings
If you’re at home: If you are in a Tornado warning, take your family members (inc. pets) and go to your basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor of the building – which has no windows.
If you’re at work/school: Follow your Tornado drill and proceed to your Tornado shelter location quickly and calmly. Stay away from windows and do not go to large open rooms – cafeterias, gymnasiums or auditoriums.
If you’re outside: Seek shelter inside a nearby sturdy building/storm shelter quickly and calmly if a Tornado is approaching.
If you’re in a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a Tornado is not safe, period. The best suggestion we can make is that to drive to the closet shelter/sturdy building calmly and safely.
After a Tornado
Stay informed: We highly suggest that you continue to listen to local news/radio or (we keep mentioning it – it’s so crucial) even a NOAA Weather radio to keep updated regarding Tornado watches and warnings. A handful of Thunderstorms are capable of producing (a number of) Tornadoes – especially during a outbreak
Contacting family/loved ones: Once the danger has passed, we highly suggested that you contact your family and close friends to let them know you’re okay – they can then spread the word that you’re safe. Texts/social media posts are (generally) the most reliable forms of communication.
Assess the damage: Once the threat of Tornadoes is over, check to see if your property has been damaged. When walking through the damage of a Tornado, make sure your wearing long trousers (pants), long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes. Contact the appropriate authorities if you see down power lines. Stay out of damaged buildings (common sense people). Be aware of insurance scammers if your property has been damaged.
Help your neighbour: If you’re properly trained and come across people that are injured, provide first aid to victims if needed until emergency response teams arrive on scene.