Tornado Disaster Plans save lives, and if you make sure that you and your family are fully prepared for a disaster with a tornado disaster plan, you never know, it might just save yours!
People who live in tornado valley, including most of the Midwest and right down to the Southeastern states are used to having tornado drills and practice night evacuations, but if you have your own tornado disaster plan in place you’ve got an even better chance of not only getting out alive, but also damage limitation to your property.
Tornado Disaster Plan
- Escape route – your safest bet during a tornado is to lay low, the basement is often the best option, i you don’t have a basement then make sure that all members of the family know where to go immediately. If the tornado hits when you’re outside then either find a safe building or a ditch, protecting your head with your arms.
- Stay informed – make sure that you have a portable radio with fully charged batteries so that you can get the latest up to date information about the disaster, and if you are in the path of the tornado you should go to your pre-designated shelter area immediately.
- Disaster Supplies Kit – keep it ready at all times, to include everything you could possibly need during a tornado disaster. Non perishable food, bottled water, flashlights, first aid kit, prescription medicines and other essentials.
- Clear Outside – yep, make sure that all trash cans, lawn furniture, kids toys etc are stored away safely. Also remove any dead limbs from trees and shrubs, they can be ripped off by a tornado and turned into a very dangerous weapon.
- Tornado Disaster Plan – should also include having a designated member of your family to contact the rest of the family or friends and warn them. Tornadoes typically arrive late in the afternoon or during the early evening, but they can also strike in the middle of the night, so it’s important that you keep members of your extended family informed as part of your tornado disaster plan checklist.
Never under estimate the power of a tornado!