What to Do in the Event of a Tornado
Tornadoes Are Very Dangerous
Tornadoes are one of nature's most dangerous and violent forces of catastrophic events. They have the ability to cause damages through their abilities of reaching winds of 200 mph or more.
Tornadoes are formed when moist warm air moves toward colliding with a cold front. The meeting of these two different climatic conditions can result in causing heavy thunderstorms, strong winds, and tornadoes. In the United States, usually the most frequented areas of tornadoes occur in what is called the "tornado alley", which lies mostly in the South-Central States. Tornadoes can occur during any time of the year and any time of the day or night.
The group of people that are most at risk in being affected by a tornado are those that may not have enough time to react to its arrival, such as people on the road, the elderly, the physically and mentally impaired, and those that may not have access to news outlets in receiving tornado warnings.
Precautionary Steps You Can Take
Although tornadoes are a force of nature that cannot be stopped by any means, even with today's greatest advancements of technologies, there are certain precautionary steps one can take in the avoiding of being caught in the danger of a tornadoes path.
These steps can begin with being aware of the whereabouts of any possible nearby tornadoes. Listening for tornado watch alerts and tuning in to the news for tornado warnings are a start. Throughout the year, families should plan out a set of course of actions to take during a tornado for the different possible settings they may be in, such as at home, school, or work. During the planning, drills should be conducted in a manner as if a tornado is actually heading their way.
Advice on Where to Take Shelter
No place is completely safe from the heavy wrath a tornado can bring, however, predesignated plans of escape should still be designed.
- An underground basement of a home is certainly going to be the safest place to be during the event of an oncoming tornado.
- If a basement isn't available, then the most innermost area of the home will be next best option to go to. Stay as far away as possible from windows, as there are high possibilities of flying debris shattering and going through.
- If caught outdoors, never try to outrun a tornado, not even if in a car. The problem with running from a tornado by driving is there may be unexpected traffic jams, which can be very likely due to a herd of people trying to escape as well.
You may not know the exact path of the tornado, and if there is a formed tornado in the area, there is also a chance of other tornadoes forming in the area as well. Instead of trying to drive away, one should try to find shelter or a nearby underground area to avoid being hit by the tornado and/or flying debris.
In the case there is a tornado too close to escape from and there happens to be a ditch in the ground, then it may be the safest area to dwell in for the time being. If possible, try to cover up with a somewhat heavy of an object to avoid being hit by flying debris. Again, this is a course of action to be taken as a last resort.