What should you take with you during a tornado?

What should you take with you during a tornado?

To cover your head and neck, use a blanket, sleeping bag, mattress, pillow, or cushion. If you are taking children into a shelter, make sure they have a flashlight in case the power goes out, drinks and food, and toys or books to keep them entertained. Carry an emergency kit containing tools for repairing personal property and keeping yourself safe.

Shelter in place if possible. Stay away from windows and outside doors. If you must go out, try to find an interior room with no windows. Go outside only when necessary. Return to your original location immediately once the storm has passed.

If you are caught outdoors during a tornado:

Locate an interior room on the lowest floor of the building if one is available. Under normal conditions, the center of a house is 5 feet higher than the side walls. This gives you some protection if part of the roof caves in. But if you cannot find an interior room, seek shelter in a car or truck. The metal frame of a vehicle provides some protection from tornadoes if you're inside it; the wind can't get through the sides or top.

If there is no time to find an interior room, then seek shelter under a sturdy tree. The trunk will protect your head and body while providing support against powerful winds that could otherwise knock you over.

What is the best thing you can do to protect yourself from a tornado?

Go to the basement or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows (bathroom, closet, center hallway). Avoid taking refuge in a room with windows if at all feasible. Get beneath anything substantial for extra protection (a heavy table or workbench). Wrap yourself with a blanket, sleeping bag, or mattress. Lie down with your head toward the center of the room and cover your body with as much material as possible.

If you are in a building when a tornado threatens, go to the lowest level and seek shelter in a central area like a stairway or hallway. Do not try to escape through windows or doors. They may be blown open or blocked by furniture.

Tornadoes are deadly storms that form when warm air rises slowly over cold ground. They usually start as low-pressure systems and grow as they gain strength. Tornadoes can reach high into the atmosphere for miles around and destroy everything in their path. They are rare but very dangerous because people often don't know what has happened until it's too late.

In fact, tornadoes are among the most destructive forces of nature. The violent winds that follow can lift large trees and sweep them away. These trees can then fall on houses and vehicles, causing even more damage. The tornado itself can also damage or destroy homes by blowing them off their foundations or ripping them apart.

What should I cover my head with during a tornado?

Even if you are in an inner room, you should cover yourself with substantial padding (mattress, blankets, etc.) to protect yourself from falling debris if the roof and ceiling break. A helmet can provide some protection from head trauma. However, it is not recommended to wear a helmet while under stress because your brain needs oxygen to function properly. Instead, try to find an interior door and escape through that way.

If you are caught outside when the tornado strikes, seek shelter in a low-lying area such as a basement or low-lying part of a building. Avoid high-traffic areas as these will most likely be damaged by the storm. If you cannot reach a basement, find a small closet or other space under a staircase or inside a large metal container. Tornadoes can lift cars and throw them hundreds of yards, so do not try to outrun one. Instead, wait it out in an underground space until the danger has passed.

When the tornado has gone, check on those who may have missed being picked up by looking in windows and opening doors. Make sure everyone is all right and offer any help that may be needed.

Finally, take time to read about tornado safety measures in your state and country. There are many factors that go into predicting where and when a tornado will strike, but knowing what to do if one does strike can save lives.

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Frank Howell

Frank Howell loves to look at plants, trees, and bugs. He's interested in their lifecycles, how they grow, and what they can tell us about nature. Frank has an associate's degree in natural resources from college and is looking for ways to grow in this field.

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