Tornado and Storm Preparedness
22 April 2014: Severe thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday for Midwestern and Southern states.
Texas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma are facing a high chance of tornadoes this Wednesday, April 23rd and Thursday, April 24th. Severe storm preparedness is crucial when aiming to protect your family and employees. There are a number of measures you can take to ensure the safety of your home or workplace.
Make sure your safe room is located at the lowest building level.
Keeping a modular safe room in the lowest building level of your home is the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of a tornado.
Equip your safe room with an emergency kit.
The problem with severe weather is that, while it can be predicted, you can not always predict the amount of damage they will cause. Your emergency kit should include everything required for long-term survival. First Aid is a must, as are food and water. If there is any chance that you might be trapped for any period of time, make sure you’re prepared to wait out the rescue.
Make sure everyone knows the drill.
By “drill,” we mean the survival plan. You should communicate with your family ahead of time and make sure everyone understands how to behave in the event of a tornado. It is important to remain calm, especially adults who are caring for children–a calm demeanor allows you to think and act quickly, think critically, and ensure that everyone is safely escorted into the safe room. Remember what they taught you in school: Sit under cover and cover your head and neck.
For more information on tornado preparedness, visit www.ready.gov/tornadoes. For more on safe rooms and severe storm preparedness, visit www.USSafeRoom.com. For current weather conditions visit The Weather Channel.