Every year, from spring through mid-summer, tornadoes are an everyday occurrence in a variety of states. Tornados can strike anywhere, at any time provided conditions are circumstances are favorable. However, during the time of tornados, the odds of storms happening in Tornado Alley and the Great Plains are the highest.

On average, 70 people lose their lives in tornadoes every year. What could you be doing to sure that you and your family won’t be among the victims when a storm hits your area?


Rule #1: Be prepared

You must invest time and money in an emergency kit of supplies and make an emergency plan for your family. Keep an anemometer to keep yourself informed about the wind speed.


Rule #2 Take All Warnings Very Seriously

What is a tornado warning and how does it differ from warnings?

A tornado watch refers to an area where tornadoes and other severe weather could be possible in the coming hours. This does not mean that tornadoes are likely to form, but you must be aware and ready to seek out an appropriate shelter in the event.

A tornado warning issued from the regional National Weather Service office indicates that the presence of a tornado is evident or Doppler radar is indicating that a storm is that is forming in a manner that could trigger a tornado.


Rule #3: Buy a Weather Radio

Check if your weather radio is powered by fresh batteries and if it’s on standby when storms are likely. A quality weather radio will be activated when a tornado watch or warning is issued (and will be able to do the same thing for any other threat to weather and civil emergencies). If there are signs of forming tornadoes within your local area, the best way to protect yourself is to take the time to seek shelter in a safe area and a weather radio will help you get there.


Rule #4: Find Shelter

Be sure to be aware of where shelters are and can reach them quickly. The process of finding shelter is easier if you’re prepared. Schools and workplaces located in areas susceptible to tornadoes have a strategy for responding. If you’re in your home you must relocate to a safer location or one that you have made in your home or a shelter for the public.

The security of your home storm shelter is contingent on the design of your home and how you’ve modified it to make it a safer space.

If you’re in your car in the event of a tornado, there are two options. If the roads and traffic allow you to leave from it. If you are able, spend a moment evaluating the risk.

If you can spot the tornado, align it with a fixed spot like a structure or the trunk of a tree. If it turns towards the left or right, the tornado isn’t heading towards you, but to ensure that you’re in a safe place you should drive off in the reverse direction.

If it doesn’t seem to be moving, however, it appears to be getting larger It’s likely to be heading towards you. If you’re unable to get away from it or locate an appropriate shelter, leave your vehicle and lay in a flat spot on the smallest ground you can locate – a ditch by the road would be an ideal alternative. Cars are dangerous and hiding under bridges or underpasses is highly dangerous.

As you will see, it’s important to have a plan and ensure that your radio is in the car and fully charged. If you follow these tips and follow them, you will be secure during the time of tornadoes.