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How Prepared are YOU for: A Tornado

From derechos to tornadoes--disaster brought on by wind is no joke. Here is how you can prepare for wind based disasters.

Tornadoes, derechos, sandstorms, hurricanes… whatever the type of wind event, all can be extremely dangerous to those caught off guard.

While wind events of any kind can be dangerous to those who are prepared as well as unprepared, being ready to respond to the incoming storm will only boost your chances of not only staying alive, but keeping much of your home and loved ones safe as well.

How to Prepare for a Wind Based Disaster.

  • Evacuate Early.

    If you are able to get the hell out of Dodge before the gunfight, then do so. Keep your preparedness kits packed up and ready to grab so that you can move out in as little time as possible. Evacuating early is the most frequently ignored advice out there.
  • Secure the Goods.

    Survey your property and remove any items that could be lifted and carried by the wind. Secure anything that cannot be removed and Then, remove and store everything else.  
  • Board Your Windows.

    If you are able, board your wind If that’s not an option, duct tape them. Add long lengths of duct tape to both sides and close all curtains and blinds to not only prevent glass from breaking, but to reduce how much becomes a flying hazard. Seek refuge in a room without windows for the duration of the storm. 
  • Stay Informed.

    Keep yourself updated on the ferocity and duration of the storm by turning in to a NOAA radio channel. This will give you accurate and usable information on the storm’s progress.
  • Stay Inside.

    Do not venture outside during any high wind No exceptions. Heading outside during high wind events can have lethal consequences. Flying debris kills.  
  • Let It Be.

    After the storm’s passed, we often see downed trees and utility poles. Stay away from any pole with cables attached until authorities have deemed it safe, and do not attempt to remove downed trees alone. 
  • Put Your Emergency Plan into Action.

    As soon as you receive word that a wind event is imminent, check on your neighbors and enact your emergency plan.
  • Learn the Basics of First Aid, CPR, and Put Together a First Aid Kit.

    Sometimes wind events can make roads and highways undrivable for emergency vehicles, which means you and will be hard to reach if injured and in need of urgent medical attention. Knowing how to provide CPR, as well as the basics on how to treat wounds and injuries could save you or a loved one’s life. The Red Cross has a CPR training as well as a free to download app that we recommend having on your smartphone in times of emergency.

 

We’re knocking on wood that your disaster preparedness never gets put to the test… but being prepared doesn’t stop here.   

Learn about how to pack your own preparedness kit and how you can prepare for floods, sever wind events (tornadoes, tropical storms, hurricanes), earthquakes and other disasters here.   

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