Top Tornado Safety Tips
If you’ve been in a major storm in Texas, chances are you’ve heard a tornado siren go off at some point or another. Aside from the tornado drills that we learned in middle school, I didn’t grow up with a whole lot of knowledge on what I should do in case a tornado hits. However, as Grisham & Kendall, PLLC can attest, tornadoes can do a lot of damage!
Here are the best tips I could find on dealing with a tornado!
If you’re in a hurricane, go high. If you’re in a tornado, go low. Many houses in Texas have storm cellars in case of an emergency. If your house has one, take shelter there immediately!
A shattered window means that glass and other shrapnel will be circulating throughout the air. Interior rooms are safer as they tend to have fewer windows and are therefore more protected from the storm. If you have no storm cellar, your bathtub or closet is the second-best place to be. Drag a mattress or couch cushion in there and lay under it- it will protect you from any debris that may cut or crush you.
Place your hands behind your head and neck
This is the first thing we learned during those elementary-school tornado drills. Your neck is vulnerable, so covering up is the best way to keep it safe. Crouch under a sturdy structure and firmly clasp your hands behind your neck. Remember: broken or cut hands are better than a broken or cut neck.
Get indoors immediately
The last place you want to be during a tornado is outside. Flying cars or other objects can kill you instantly. Seek shelter if possible. If no such shelter is available, stand by a sturdy building or lie down in a low ditch. If you decide to lie in a ditch, make sure there’s no rain, as ditches are especially susceptible to flooding.
Get out of your car
You won’t be able to out-drive a tornado. Trying to do so is more dangerous than it is worth, so abandon the car and seek shelter elsewhere, otherwise, you may end up being picked up and flung around.
Have an emergency kit ready
This can come in handy if you’re unable to leave your house for a while. In addition to having a first-aid kit, you should have plenty of food and water to last you a couple of days. A battery-powered radio can help keep you updated if the electricity is lost. Spare clothes are also good to have on hand, along with toilet paper and any phone numbers that may help you out in a crisis.
Be aware of the warning signs of a tornado
There are a few telltale symptoms of a tornado that you should keep an eye out for. These include dark or greenish skies, large clouds, and unusually large hail. If you notice any of these, take shelter immediately and wait for the storm to pass or a weather update.