General Safety and Tornadoes

Tornadoes are a frequent fact of life in certain parts of North America. Areas far from the East and West Coasts of the United States are hit frequently by tornadoes at all times of the year. If you live in an area with a high incidence of tornado touch-downs, it behooves you to brush up on tornado safety.

Tornadoes usually give alert people time to seek appropriate shelter. During storms, people in tornado zones should watch the news for tornado warnings. The sky also can be a warning system. The sky can turn a strange, dark hue and the air often becomes disquietingly still right before a tornado touches down.

The best thing to do once a tornado is suspected is to seek shelter. The best shelter is a basement or other underground room without windows. If this is not available, seek out a first-floor room, preferably in the inner core of a structure. If there are windows, stay as far from them as possible to avoid flying glass. If you are in a large indoor area, a corner of the room is the best spot to be. Most tornado deaths occur when people seek shelter in unsecured places like cars and mobile homes. Mobile-home parks should provide a shelter and you should inquire as to its location. If you are driving, do not try to outrun a tornado. Find shelter as soon as possible.

It is a good idea to keep emergency supplies available in case the tornado causes damage or a power outage. This should include a first-aid kit, a battery-powered radio and flashlight, canned food, bottled water, work gloves, sturdy shoes, and instructions for turning off your home’s power, water, and other utilities.

Whether it is home insurance, condo insurance, or mobile home insurance, check to see the amount of tornado coverage you have.

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