A tornado warning can be a nerve-wracking experience, but being prepared and knowing how to respond can change everything. You’ll have reassurance to handle the situation correctly, and know the appropriate steps to keep you and your family safe. Here at Practical Home, our overall goal is for you to have a practical and safe home no matter the circumstances. Below we'll discuss the crucial steps to take during a tornado warning so that you are well prepared to handle the situation correctly.
We recommend hanging a Tornado Emergency Preparedness Plan in a high-traffic location in your home so the steps stay top-of-mind and your entire family is informed.
The first step in handling a tornado warning is to stay informed. Don’t panic! Tune in to a local radio station or television channel for updates from meteorologists. Additionally, use weather apps or websites to receive real-time information about the storm's path and severity. Stay alert and be prepared to take immediate action.
Seek Shelter Immediately
When a tornado warning is issued, do not wait to take action. Head to the basement or the lowest level of your home, away from windows and exterior walls. If you live in an apartment, identify a nearby shelter or seek out a sturdy building
Gather Emergency Supplies
As part of your tornado preparedness plan, we also recommend creating an emergency kit that includes essential supplies such as a flashlight, batteries, a first aid kit, water, and non-perishable food. Keep this kit easily accessible so you can grab it quickly in the event of a tornado warning. You always want to be more prepared than you think!
Stay Calm and Stay Put
During a tornado warning, it's important to remain calm. Panicking can cloud judgment and lead to wrongful decisions. Stay in your designated shelter until you receive an all-clear message or until the threat has passed. Avoid going outside or attempting to assess the situation until authorities confirm it is safe to do so.
When a tornado warning is issued, swift and decisive action is necessary. By staying informed, seeking shelter immediately, gathering emergency supplies, and remaining calm, you can maximize your chances of staying safe during a tornado. Remember, preparation is key, so having a tornado preparedness plan is super important.