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