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Anyone who has seen the aftermath of a tornado can tell you that the damage left behind is devastating and not completely unlike a nuclear explosion. Lives as well as property may be lost if along the tornado’s path. Though their lack of predictability is one of a tornado’s most devastating weapons, we can determine that most occur in the spring….most.

If your home suffers damage from a tornado, don’t worry – with Johnston & Associates of Nashville, we’ve got you completely covered, both your dwelling and its contents. Obviously though, your life is much more valuable than your things. Should a tornado find your path, please be sure that you have familiarized yourself with the following guidelines. They may save your life

What You Should NOT Do in the Case of a Tornado:

      - Do Not remain in a mobile home. They are extremely dangerous in these cases

      - Do Not think that opening windows will save them or “relieve pressure.” Believe it or not, you could get sucked right out of one.

      - Do Not try to race a tornado in your vehicle. You cannot go as fast as the worst of them.

      - Do Not take refuge under an overpass. Though it seems safe, a massive tornado can take them out leaving you at the bottom of the rubble

National Weather Service Safety Guidelines

If you are in a building:
Go to a pre-determined shelter space like a safe room, basement, storm cellar, or without other options, lowest floor of the building. Get to the lowest level of your home and find an interior room like a closet or bathroom if you do not have a basement available to you. DO NOT be near windows or outer walls!

If you are in a vehicle, trailer, or mobile home:
Remove yourself as fast as possible and wait it out in a more sturdy building.

If you are caught outside with no building to run to: 
Locate a ditch or a culvert to hide in. Protect your head until it is over. Trust us, you’ll know when it’s over.

What is the difference between a Tornado Watch & a Tornado Warning?
 - A Tornado Watch lets you know that conditions are such that a tornado could spawn.
-  A Tornado Warning lets you know that a tornado has been spotted and to be aware.

Tornado Watch

·         Be aware of shifting weather conditions.

·         Keep a radio handy to listen for updates and alerts.

·         Have a plan ready and be sure it has been well practiced with your family.

·         Take regular stock of your emergency and first aid kits to be sure they are up to date.

·         Always be prepared to access sturdy shelter in no time flat.

                                  Watch for: 
                                  - Dark greenish or orange-gray skies
                                  - Large hail
                                  - Large, dark, low-lying, rotating or funnel-shaped cloud
                                  - A loud roar that is similar to a freight train

Tornado Warning
- Take shelter immediately.
    - Listen to your local radio for updates.


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