Staying Safe in Tornado Alley
April 17, 2012
With the spring season jumping ahead of the calendar this year, we’ve already had a chance to experience a few severe storms. Last year’s tornado in Joplin really hit home for many of us who have friends and family in that area. After that storm, I decided to take a few proactive measures with some of my keepsakes, and I moved them into our basement. It’s hard to imagine losing things like family wedding albums, photos, and old letters. I’m not sure if they’re really any safer in the basement (in fireproof boxes), but it gives me a small sense of security to think they are a little more protected down there.
Forecasters have said that it could be another active tornado season this spring. Here are some safety tips from the American Red Cross on what to do if you are in a tornado:
- If you are inside, go to the safe place you picked to protect yourself from glass and other flying objects.
- Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes. If you have access to sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home and immediately go to the nearest sturdy building or shelter.
- If you are caught outdoors, go immediately to a basement or sturdy building. If this isn’t possible, get into a vehicle, buckle your seat belt, and drive to the closest shelter.
- If flying debris occurs while you are driving, pull over and park. Now you have the following options as a last resort. You can stay in the car with the seat belt on and put your head down below the windows, covering yourself with your hands or a blanket if possible. Or if you can safely get lower than the level of the roadway, exit your car and lie in that area, covering your head with your hands. Your choice should be based on your specific circumstances.
Have you been through a tornado, or do you have any other tips to add to this list? Please share your own thoughts or ideas.
Colbern Road Branch