This year has seen a record number of tornadoes throughout the United States. Just the other day a town South of my location, Joplin, was devastated by a tornado. There are at least 125 dead and many missing right now.
Today has been somewhat frightening as we have had serious weather all around. I know there have been several tornadoes touch down within my living area. As I write this hub, I was just informed we cannot leave our area nor can anyone enter. The reason is a tree was blown into an electric line and is on fire.
With the record numbers of tornadoes this year, I feel that a safety hub is appropriate. So far this year there have been 875 confirmed tornadoes in the United States.(That # will rise after today) There have been 4 F-5 tornadoes which are the worst. There are many things you can do to prepare for such an occurrence and I will help guide you with that. Just scroll down and be Tornado Safe.
F-5 Tornado Locations
Have a stash of supplies ready at all times.
- Water is a must. Have a case or two of water.
- Blankets and change of clothes.
- Waterproof matches.
- A transistor radio.
- Easily carried food items-dried fruit and meat,etc...
There may be other items you may want to such as your laptop computer and cellphone. Put these items in a handy place just in case you need to move fast.
I have survived several tornadoes in my lifetime. Not all was I in a home that had a basement. As a matter of fact, I still remember 5 tornadoes that ravaged Council Bluffs, Iowa and I was there. I was under my 1978 Chevy Pickup hanging onto the exhaust pipe. Be smart, find somewhere safer than under a truck. It's amazing I am still here to write about it.
A basement is the best. Hopefully you or your neighbors will have one. In a trailer, you are very unsafe in a tornado. If you have no where else or just cannot get out in time, roll your couch or sofa upside down and crawl in the space between the back and seat. This will create a dead air space and keep you protected on all sides.
Are you in your car? Find a low lying ditch and lay prone covering yourself with jackets or whatever you can find. Many injuries are caused by flying debris so the more you can put between you and the debris, the better.
Use common sense,protect you and your family.
- Don't be stupid and stand outside and watch it; seek cover for you and your family.
- Stay away from glass windows.
- Don't go under overpasses on the interstate. The suction from a tornado will suck you right out.
- Don't panic, move quick and sure to your protective area without forgetting your supplies.
When people are aware and prepared they survive tornadoes. Please be aware.
Last,but not least, Pray. God's hand can and will protect us.
Keep in mind that many more people die daily on our nation's highways than by tornadoes. Just follow the safety measures and you will be fine. Also make sure the whole family knows the plan.
The following videos are devastating and all happened this year:
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