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What to do in a Tornado

Updated on January 9, 2011

what to do in a Tornado

Dealing with a Tornado is not what anyone wants to do but they happen, and sometimes without notice. Sudden storms occur, weathermen do their job with predicting the weather but men are not perfect.

What to do when a tornado happens? Move quickly to get to a place of shelter. hopefully there is a basement in your home or you have a storm cellar but if not get to the innermost area of the house. If you have a two story house please do not stay up stairs; get down downstairs and get as far away from the outside area as you can, a small inner room.

If you are on the road do not think you are Richard Petty and try to out run the Tornado. Try to find a building but if not try to lay flat in a ditch. But as George of the Jungle says, “Watch out for that tree.” Flying debris is no joke, cars and trees are nothing to a powerful wind; mere toys. If you find seeking shelter outside is the only recourse, remember, the rain can be flood worthy so make sure the crevice is not too deep.

Having a plan before hand can be a life saver. Those drills back in grade school work just as well for families. Over the course of the day family members generally go off in different directions. If your family members are not with you pick a place to meet after a storm so that you're not out searching for one another. This way you will focus on getting to shelter. Develop an emergency pack to grab on a moments notice; there are some great Duffel bags on the market; you never know with a Tornado.


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    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for useful info.

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      GojiJuiceGoodness 7 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      Good info. I think you'd be surprised at how few people really know what to do during a tornado. My guess is most people would panic, so knowing these tips is good.

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      2patricias 7 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      We are so pleased that we do NOT live in a tornado zone. We do get high winds, often in the autumn, so your advice about falling trees will be good to bear in mind.

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      C. Stewart 7 years ago

      Great hub!