Tornado Safety

A typical tornado season runs from April to October. While the Midwest region is where most tornados occur, tornados can happen anywhere when conditions allow for it. Those conditions are similar to those of a storm – warm air and cool air colliding. Tornados occur when this air circulates around causing a funnel cloud. Tornados can be extremely hazardous – and because they happen so quickly – there is often very little warning time to take shelter. The destruction caused by tornados include heavy structural damage, water damage, uprooted trees, and – sadly – even the loss of life. Here is some information on tornado awareness:

When a tornado alarm sounds, it means a tornado has been spotted in your area. This not a ‘maybe’, it’s a definite ‘yes’ – and it means you need to take shelter IMMEDIATELY. Ideal shelter would be a basement or storm shelter. If you don’t have one or aren’t able to get to one, go to the lowest level of the home or building you’re in and get into a room with no exterior walls or windows. A closet may be your best bet. Crouch down and cover your head and neck with your arms.

If you’re outside and you hear a tornado warning – and are unable to get to a safe place indoors – find a low lying area and lie flat on the ground covering your head and neck with your arms. Unlike the famous movie with Helen Hunt, an overpass is not a good place to hide from a tornado. This is actually a more dangerous place to hide if a tornado comes barreling thru as it creates a vacuum. If you’re in your car and unable to get out or find a safer place before it hits, make sure your seatbelt is buckled and – again – keep your head and neck covered.

Tornadoes usually only last a few minutes so hold on until it’s over. After the storm, be aware of the dangers that exist. Gas leaks, downed electrical lines, and debris such as broken tree limbs and broken glass can be just as deadly as the storm itself. Displaced animals can also be a threat because they are scared and don’t understand what’s going on. Do not approach a displaced animal after a storm. If you must – do so with extreme caution.

If you have any concerns of gas leaks or exposed electrical lines, call the fire department immediately. For all other storm related or mold damage contact our water and mold damage cleanup and restoration teams for immediate assistance. This is one of the many reasons why we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Storms like these can happen at 3pm or 3am – and when you need help, we want to be there for you!

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