Tornado Safety

28 Dec

Tornado Safety…

I live in Texas and, believe it or not, I’m told more tornadoes strike Texas than any other state. They can occur at any time of year, including winter, but are most frequent from mid-March through May. Tornados are also a common occurrence during hurricanes. I’ve put together the following precautions during tornadic activity

  • Seek shelter in an interior room on the lowest floor of your home, such as a bathroom, closet or room without windows. Cover yourself with a mattress or cushions.
  • In an office building, go to an interior room or hallway on the lowest floor.
  • If you are in a mobile home, get out and take shelter in a nearby building. If no shelter is available, lie flat in a ditch or ravine.
  • Never stay inside a car! Get out and lie flat in a ditch or a ravine. If a building is nearby, take shelter inside. Do not try to outrun a tornado in your car.
  • At school, follow plans and go to a designated shelter area, usually interior hallways on the lowest floor. Avoid auditoriums, gyms and areas with wide, free-span roofs.
  • In a shopping center, move towards the interior away from exterior glass walls.
  • If you are in open country, take cover in a low spot away from trees.

Remember there is a difference between a Tornado Watch and a Tornado Warning. A Tornado Watch means tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. A Tornado Warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar, and you must seek shelter immediately!

These are basic safety instructions for you to use. I feel I need to add just one more warning: Parking under a bridge to sit out the tornado is not really a good idea. The winds seem to multiply making the bridge act more like a wind tunnel. One of our storm chasers found this out and had one heck of a ride when the storm picked his vehicle up and threw it about 500 feet. Lucky he was not killed.

Thank you,

Mr. Ed

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One Response to “Tornado Safety”

  1. Terry G McDonald February 16, 2019 at 4:02 pm #

    Thanks Ed good info

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