Tornado Preparedness: Tornado Safety During a Tornado

Tornado preparedness really does start long before the tornado season is upon us. Let’s say that you’ve done lots of preparation for your family, your property, you’ve got a tornado evacuation plan, you’ve got your survival kit ready… but what should you actually do whilst the tornado is actually happening in order to stay as safe as possible?


If You’re Expecting a Tornado

If a tornado is expected in your area, then you really need to make sure that you’re well-informed. Consider the following tips:

  • listen to the radio and television for up-to-date information
  • close all storm shutters on the windows
  • bring any outdoor garden objects indoors
  • secure your property as much as you can
  • turn off any utilities if that is what you’ve been told to do (if you don’t have to turn off the power, then switch the refrigerator to its coldest setting and keep the door shut)
  • only use the telephone in case of emergency
  • turn off any propane tanks
  • make sure that you have plenty of water available (fill up the bath tub, buckets, and other large containers to use to drink and also for sanitary purposes like washing, cleaning and flushing the loo)


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There’s a Tornado Coming… When To Evacuate?

It might very well be necessary for you to leave your home in case of a tornado. If any of these apply to you and your situation, you should evacuate immediately:

  • the local authorities told you to evacuate (follow their instructions carefully)
  • if you live in a temporary structure or some type of mobile home, then get out now (even if they’re fastened securely to the ground, they’re still extremely dangerous)
  • if you live in a high rise building then get out (strong winds are much stronger higher up)
  • if you live on a floodplain, on the coast, close to a river or inland waterway
  • if you feel that your safety and the safety of your family is threatened, get out


If You Have To Sit Tight and Ride Out the Tornado

If it is simply not possible for you to evacuate your home or travel to a safe room, then follow these instructions carefully:

  • stay indoors at all times, keeping well away from glass doors and windows
  • make sure that all internal doors are closed, and external doors are locked and secured
  • keep all of the blinds and curtains closed (don’t be lulled into a false sense of security if you think that all has gone quiet… it might just be the eye of the storm and that the winds will be back again very soon)
  • hide away in an interior room if possible (a small closet at the lowest level of the house is best)
  • take to the floor and stay there (lie down beneath a table or some other sturdy object for added safety)