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Mentally Preparing for a Tornado

Mentally Preparing for a Tornado

 

What Do You Do if a Tornado is Coming?

Anticipation of something bad happening is very often worse than the actual event, and anticipating the arrival of a major tornado can be an extremely distressing time for those who live in the tornado’s path.

There are so many things to think about: the potential harm to your loved ones and your property, what to do if you need to evacuate, your financial situation, what might happen to your business in a tornado, etc. It’s little wonder that people who are “waiting for the tornado” go through feelings of anxiety, stress, and fear. This is a normal reaction, though it does help if you recognize these emotional signs and take steps to be prepared for them.

Here’s what you can do in order to make sure that you are mentally prepared to deal with whatever the tornado may throw at you (no pun intended).

 

How To Stay Emotionally Strong When a Tornado is Coming

  • Have a Plan: There are plenty of plan ideas on the rest of these pages, so make sure that you have tornado emergency plans in place. Once you know that you are as prepared as you can possibly be, you will be less likely to become anxious. Plan for yourself, your family, your pets, and your property.
  • Get the Facts:  You’ll probably be inundated by bits of information coming at you in all directions — TV news, radio, newspapers, the Internet — and not all of it is accurate. Make sure that you get reliable information from a credible source and don’t listen to those who seem to focus on the destruction and damage caused by tornadoes.
  • Stay Healthy: A healthy body can cope with potentially disastrous situations and enable you to make the right type of decisions and deal with the uncertainties which will be thrown at you. Enjoy a healthy lifestyle, eat a healthy diet, and get plenty of rest and regular exercise.
  • Help your Children: Reassure your children that you are completely prepared to deal with the oncoming tornado and that plans are in place to cover all eventualities. Keep them updated on the latest news and information that is age-appropriate and try to keep them to their usual routine as much as possible. Keep calm and those around you will be calm too.
  • Stay Positive: Maintaining a hopeful outlook can help to keep your spirits up and the spirits of those around you. Remember, you are not alone! The federal government, the state government, the American Red Cross, and lots of other disaster services are all on alert in case of a tornado.

There’s a lot of truth in the thought that you should only worry about the things you can do something about and not the things you don’t have any control over. As long as you have done everything possible to prepare for a tornado, then you can rest assured that you’re as prepared as you can be.

 


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