In the Midwest, where intense storms are common in the spring and summer, a tornado warning is not unusual. But it can ignite a spark of fear for anyone in earshot, especially if they aren’t prepared.
In an effort to keep the concerns at bay, here are a few tips to prepare yourself for the siren if it sounds in your neighborhood.
5 Best Tips to Prepare for a Tornado
- Make a Safe Room: Determine which room in your house (or your business) will hold up best in case the worst happens. Pick a room or space with no windows, on the lowest level, and toward the center of the building. Stock this room with everything you will need in case of severe weather: radio, batteries, bottled water, snacks, blankets, extra set of clothes.
- Tidy Your Outdoor Space: Keep your yard, patio, porch, or covered parking clear of loose items. Storing items like lawn equipment, outdoor toys, charcoal grills, and yard tools will prevent damage to the exterior of your home or your neighbor’s home.
- Get Professional Home Repair: When you need structural home repairs, be sure to use a professional contractor instead of doing it yourself. Additionally, have a contractor check the structure of your home and consider reinforcing doorways, walls, or outside walls.
- Plan Ahead: Sit down with all the occupants of your home, and potentially even your neighbors, to decide the best and safest plan of action in case of a severe storm or tornado. Pick a person to do a head count and get the radio on for updates.
- Get Ready: Listen to the advice from the NOAA Storm Prediction Center.
In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands.
Above all, being prepared will give you the presence of mind to think clearly in case of a tornado – and being alert and aware in a severe storm situation is more likely to save your life than anything else.
If the worst happens to your home or business, remember to call Burggraf immediately at (918) 584-3737. We will work with you quickly to get everything back to normal.