If you live in an area with tornadoes, you need to learn a lot of things about how to get ready for such an event. My family and I use the following checklist, to make sure that we are always prepared for a tornado.
Make a communication plan with your family
Everyone in your family should know exactly what to do in order to maintain communication with the other members when the tornado is around the corner. Make a plan and practice it, so you know that every member of the family knows what to do.
Put together an emergency kit
An emergency kit should contain all the necessary items when some catastrophic event happens. For a few hours up to a few days or more, you may have to survive on your own, so make sure that you have plenty of food, water and other supplies so you and your family can resist until the emergency teams reach your home.
Listen to your weather radio
NOAA will broadcast the latest information using its network. Use a weather radio to reach this information as this is essential for you and your family.
Be aware of any weather changes
Tornadoes can hit certain areas sooner, and getting the latest information helps you a great deal. However, this does not mean that you should not trust your own senses. Check the weather outside and watch for any dramatic changes.
In the event of a tornado, here are some weather change signs that you should be aware of:
– The sky will turn darker and even greenish
– Loud sounds will be heard from a distance
– Low lying clouds will appear on the sky
– A storm will start
If you watch out for all these warning signs and you are properly prepared, you will be able to get over a tornado with flying colors.