Every year, the period from May to July is season for tornado to strike, depending on which part of the country you are from and we are inundated with things we should do. The information year in and year out seems to be the same old-same old, not very easy to understand or remember. Not so, here-read on and learn some simple and easy to understand tips, which will make you feel and actually be, more secure.
Some expert's feel 2009 may be the worst tornado season in years and having some basic knowledge according to many, is in order. Tornados are the most violent storms in the world with wind speeds far exceeding that of hurricanes. Contrary to what most people think, most occur not at night, but between the hours of 2:00 and 10:00 PM. They can occur at any time of the year if conditions are favorable. Most injuries sustained are from flying debris.
Here are Three Easy to Understand and Easy to Remember Tips for Your Safety:
1- Tornado Watch or Tornado Warning-which one is the serious one? Tornado Warning means authorities are warning you to take cover. These words mean a tornado is imminent (a funnel cloud has touched ground nearby). So, if you're anything like I am and every year you wonder which is worse, tornado watch or warning, remember, when you here the word WARNING, they are WARNING you to actually take cover.
2- The best way to survive a tornado is to be underground. For most people this means a basement. If you cannot go underground go to the center of a home or as close to the center of the home as possible, preferably a bathroom. All the plumbing in a bathroom reinforces that room, which will help you be more secure.
3- Get a weather radio. These radios are about twenty dollars. They stay silent and can just sit quietly in a corner of a room in your house, however, if there is severe weather in your area it goes off with an audible alarm, along with details, and advice on what is occurring. These radios are great to have; they are working in silence day and night for your safety.
In addition, many people wonder why tornados always seem to hit areas where mobile homes are located. This just seems so because these homes simply cannot stand up to tornados. Actually, some statistics show you are safer in a ditch than in a mobile home!
Most tornados are not devastating ones that cause massive devastation. However, ALL tornados are extremely dangerous and simple yet effective advance planning on what we should do "just in case" is a necessity.