The return of warmer temperatures is a welcome change from the cold, but the warmer climate is also a return for potentially disastrous weather. Warm temperatures and moisture can form deadly tornadoes. We at Expert Exteriors realize that this is the season for tornado activity, which is why we created a list of tips for safety and protection during dangerous weather.
If you are inside:
Being inside of your house offers the best protection. Purchase a portable radio if your area is notorious for tornadoes. If the siren goes off, turn on the radio to receive information about the storm and its direction. Immediately seek shelter in the lowest level of your home, such as a basement or storm shelter. If your house does not have either, go into a closet. Keep away from windows.
You can cushion yourself with a mattress, but do not use it to cover you. You may use a blanket or a jacket to cover your head, protecting your head and eyes from flying debris. Waste no time moving your household items around (furniture, valuables, etc.).
If you own a pet, make sure it is in a cage or on a leash.
Do not under any circumstances attempt to leave the house until the storm has passed. Multiple tornadoes may emerge from the same storm, so it is best to stay indoors until the storm has passed through the area. Listen to your portable radio to properly gauge when the tornado has cleared
If you are outside:
Immediately seek an indoor shelter. Do not, however, seek shelter within a building with a high ceiling, such as shopping malls. It you cannot possibly find indoor shelter, crouch for protection beside a strong structure, or lie flat in a ditch or low-laying area and cover your head and neck, preferably with a piece of clothing.
If you are in a vehicle:
Try to quickly drive to a potential shelter. If this is not an option, immediately pull over and park. There are two options in this situation:
1) Keep your seat belt on and put your head below the windows of the car. Cover your head with your hands, or some form of clothing.
2) If you can get to an area lower than the roadway, exit the vehicle and lie in that area. Cover you head.
Hopefully, these tips provide necessary information that will save lives. Stay protected and stay safe!