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Tornado Safety: 6 Tips to Help You Stay Safe and Protected

24 June 2024

Tornadoes can be difficult to predict and are able to occur without much warning. They are extremely dangerous. Tornadoes can damage or destory everything in their path including building, homes, vehicles, tree, and more.

It's important to be proactive and prepared to help you remain safe. Here are six tips to assist you in being ready.

1. Have a Plan

Make sure you have a plan for safety if a tornado comes near. Find a safe space in your house, like a basement or a small room without windows. If you live in a mobile home or apartment building, you may have access to a community storm shelter.

2. Practice your Plan

Practice your safety plan with everyone in the household. You may need to take special care of small children, pets, elderly people, or those with special needs. Make sure everyone knows their role and can do their part. The more you practice, the more comfortable and prepared everyone will be in the event of a real tornado.

3. Pack a Kit

Packing a kit for home and another in case you must evacuate is a smart way to remain prepared.

The American Red Cross recommends numerous items for a home kit and go kit. Some of their recommendations include:

  • Home kit: Enough water, food, and medicine to last at least 14 days.
  • Go kit: Enough water, food, and medicine to last at least 3 days. Also take any medically necessary equipment, batteries, and device chargers.

4. Secure Your Home

Protect your home from physical damage, if possible. Tie down or bring inside anything that could blow away such as patio furniture and toys. Close your curtains or blinds to help prevent injury if the glass should shatter.

5. Know the Signs of a Tornado

Tornadoes are often accompanied by thunderstorms. If you see a funnel-shaped cloud forming, darkening skies, or swirling debris, it could be a sign of a tornado.

Stay updated with current weather patterns.

  • If a tornado watch is issued in your area, the weather conditions are such that a tornado may occur. Prepare to take shelter if needed.
  • If a tornado warning is issued in your area, a tornado has been spotted or seen on radar. Seek shelter immediately.

6. Get Insurance Protection

Tornadoes are typically covered by standard homeowners and personal auto insurance policies. However, it is also important that you know the details of your policy.

Some people may need to buy additional insurance to cover flooding or wind and hail insurance. Click here to read about what you need to know about tornadoes and your insurance policy. It’s important to stay informed to ensure you are covered in case of a tornado.

Tornadoes can be unpredictable. They can develop suddenly and wipe out entire towns. It’s important to do what you can to remain vigilant and protect yourself in the ways you can.

Call us at (844) 358-5605 to review your needs and discuss your insurance options. We’re happy to help you find a policy.

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