Are you Prepared for a Tornado?

  • Did you know a majority of tornadoes typically last for a few minutes?
  • Did you know there were  confirmed 23 tornadoes in Iowa and 26 in Illinois in 2018?
  • Did you know tornadoes in the Midwest are most common from May to July?
  • Statistics show our area is at a very high risk for tornadoes and average 3 or more a year.

What should you do to prepare for a tornado?

  1. During any storm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about watches and warnings.
  2. Know your community’s warning system.  Communities have a different ways of warning residents about tornadoes, with many having sirens intended for outdoor warning purposes.
  3. Pick a safe room in your home where household members and pets may gather during a tornado.  This should be  a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows.

What should you do if a tornado is threatening?

  1. The safest place to be is an underground shelter, basement or safe room.
  2. If no underground shelter or safe room is available, a small, windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a sturdy building is the safest alternative.
  3. Mobile homes are not safe during tornadoes or other severe winds.
  4. If you have access to a sturdy shelter or a vehicle, abandon your mobile home immediately.

What do you do after a tornado?

  1. Continue listening to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio for updated information and instructions.
  2. If you are away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  3. Wear long pants, a long-sleeved shirt and sturdy shoes when examining your walls, doors, staircases and windows for damages.
  4. Watch out for fallen power lines or broken gas lines and report them to the utility company immediately.

Source:  Werner Restoration Services

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