Be prepared for severe weather before it hits. Do you know where to seek shelter during a tornado? Learn what to do before, during & after a tornado below.
If agency owner AJaye Brown knows one thing, it's surviving a direct tornado strike. Her and her family lost their Ringgold, GA home and most of their belongings during the violent tornado outbreak April 27.2011.
Please be aware of the weather and always know where a safe place is nearby. Don't wait for the news to announce for you to run, be ready BEFORE it's too late.
TAking Shelter from the Storm:
- During any thunderstorm, listen to local news or a NOAA Weather Radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings and check the Weather-Ready Nation tips.
- Know how your community sends warning. Some communities in tornado prone areas have sirens. Others depend on media and smart phones to alert residents to severe storms.
- Pick a tornado safe room in your home such as a basement, storm cellar or an interior room on the lowest floor with no windows. Make sure all members of your family know to go there. Don't forget pets if time allows.
- Conduct a family tornado drill regularly so everyone knows what to do if a tornado is approaching.
- Consider having your safe room reinforced. You can find plans for reinforcing an interior room to provide better protection on the Federal Emergency Management Agency web site.
- Take CPR training so you can help someone hurt during a tornado.
- Include the phone number for your local power company in your cell phone so you can report outages.
- Have a family plan that includes an emergency meeting place and related information.
- Download Thunderstorms, Lightning, Tornadoes for more science and safety tips